Niles, MI Automobile Collision, Aug 1936

HEAD-ON COLLISION IS FATAL TO SEVEN.

THREE VICTIMS ARE PRIVATES FROM FORT JEFFERSON ON WAY TO MANEUVERS.

Niles, Mich., Aug. 6 -- (AP) -- Two automobiles crashed head-on three miles south of here on US-31 early today, killing six persons and fatally injuring a seventh.
Three of the victims were privates from Fort Jefferson, Mo., remaining here overnight en route to the scene of extensive army maneuvers which begin today in southwestern Michigan.
The dead:
JOE HILL, 22, Niles, driver of one of the cars.
Private EUGENE NEWBY, 23.
Private HOWARD C. KELLEY, 23.
Private HERBERT HIZER, 18, all from St. Louis, who were riding with HILL.
ROY WARNER, 22, Culver, Ind., driver of the other automobile RICHARD A. PETERSON, 22, of 719 Osborn St., Mishawaka, Ind.
PETERSON and MISS BARR were passengers in WARNER'S machine.
Sheriff's officers experienced difficulty in piecing together the details of the crash since no occupant of either car survived. All of the victims save NEWBY were dead when passerby removed their bodies from the wrecked cars, and NEWBY died in less than two hours without having made a statement.
Witnesses told deputies that WARNER'S car, southbound toward South Bend, swung over into a northbound lane of the broad highway to pass two cars proceeding in the same direction. It struck HILL'S machine, traveling north toward NILES, head on, driving the motors of both machines back against the passengers.

Daily Globe Ironwood Michigan 1936-08-06