Chillicothe, MO Auto And Train Crash, Apr 1933
ENTIRE FAMILY IS KILLED WHEN TRAIN HITS CAR.
Chillicothe, Mo. (AP) - MR. and MRS. GLENN GRIMES and their five children were killed yesterday when their motor car was struck by a Burlington passenger train six miles west of here. The family formerly lived near Laredo, Mo., in Grundy County.
Billy and Andrew Strouse, brothers, happened to be at the crossing and saw them approach. Horror struck the brothers when they saw the laden coach stall in the center of the crossing, and the train roaring down the track.
The driver must have become excited, frantically tried to get the car out of the way and stalled his engine, they suggested.
They had no more than taken in the situation, when the train plowed into the car. There was a great crash, with the hissing of steam, then the grinding of the train's brakes.
Bodies flew at the impact while others spilled along the right-of-way out of the crumpled car as it was carried several yards on the front of the engine, to roll away and down an embankment when the train stopped.
The body of the father was found fifty feet from the crossing. On the opposite side of the tracks, the mangled bodies of his family were strewn within a few feet of each other.
The dead are:
The husband and father, thirty-nine years old;
his wife, MRS. FERNELLA GRIMES, thirty-three;
LARKIN GRIMES, nine;
ROBERT GRIMES, seven;
GLENN GRIMES, JR., six;
CHARLES GRIMES, three;
and VIRGINIA GRIMES, a three-month-old babe in arms.
The Maryville Daily Forum Missouri 1933-04-03