Leipsic, OH Auto And Train Collision, Jun 1955
SIX KILLED IN TRAIN-AUTO CRASH AT LEIPSIC SUNDAY.
TOLEDOAN AND FIVE LIMAITES ARE VICTIMS.
By Associated Press.
In one terrible instant, the lives of six persons were snuffed out by a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad train in Putnam County Sunday.
At least a dozen lives were lost in all types of accidents over the weekend in Ohio.
Those killed in the passenger train mishap included a young mother and her two small children. All victims were 21 or under.
The northbound train struck the car they were riding in at a crossing two miles north of Leipsic.
The train engineer, C. A. Mattakie of Lima, and a motorist following the death car, Elber Klausing of Leipsic, both reported the car slowed down to a moderate speed, then darted in front of the train. The crossing on Route 65 two miles north of Leipsic has an unobstructed view for a half mile each way and the accident occurred in broad daylight, at 4:30 p.m. EST.
The victims were identified as:
ROBERT ALSEPT, 21, of Toledo;
RUBIN ALSEPT, 21, Robert's cousin of Lima;
MRS. HELEN REINECKE, 20, of Lima;
her two children, DAVID, 2;
and RANDY, four months;
and MISS MARY MARTHA GROSS, 18, of Lima.
Putnam County sheriff Arnold Potts said they had been visiting Mrs. Reinecke's husband, Lee, at the Lucas County workhouse and were returning to Lima.
Sheriff Potts said it was the worst single accident in the history of Putnam County.
Train crewmen said they pulled the train to a stop and rushed back to the crossing, but found the car scattered over a 300-foot area and all the passengers dead.
Delphos Courant Ohio 1955-06-22