Niles, MI Two Auto Head On Crash, Aug 1936

SEVEN PERSONS KILLED AS TWO AUTOS CRASH HEAD-ON AT HIGH SPEED NEAR NILES.

Niles, Mich., Aug. 6. - (AP) - Two automobiles crashed head-on three miles south of here on U.S. 31 early today, killing seven persons.
Three of the victims were privates from Fort Jefferson, Mo., remaining here overnight en-route to the extensive army maneuvers which begin today in southwestern Michigan.
The dead:
JOE HILL, of Niles, driver of one of the cars.
PRIVATES EUGENE NEWBY, 23; HOWARD C. KELLEY, 23; and HERBERT HIZER, 18, all of St. Louis, who were riding with HILL.
ROY WARNER, 22, Culver, Ind., driver of the other automobile.
RICHARD PETERSON, 22, of 719 Osborn Street, South Bend, Ind.
LORENE BARR, 19, of 922 Burdette Street, 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 passersby removed their bodies from the wrecked cars, and NEWBY died in the Niles hospital less than two hours after the accident 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.
Coroner A. W. Kerjikowski said there would be no inquest.

The Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1936-08-06