Dayton, OH Auto And Train Crash, July 1941


(By International News Service)
An auto-train crash near Dayton which claimed eight lives, and nine persons who were drowned while seeking relief from the 100 degree heat, today boosted Ohio's weekend accidental death toll to at least 32 victims, the largest number of any weekend this year.
A Pennsylvania passenger train, 50 minutes late and speeding 70 miles an hour down grade, crashed into an auto a mile west of Dayton, killing eight persons, including four children.
The victims members of two West Carrollton families returning from a family reunion, were identified as WALTER REEL, 32; his wife, MILDRED, 36; their three children, BETTY, 5; BILLY, 3; and RUTH ANN, 2; OTTO KLINE, 55; his wife, VILA, 53; and their young son RALPH.
The train, the second section of a St. Louis to New York flyer, carried the wreckage 500 feet down the track. A witness said the auto paused momentarily as it approached the crossing, then drove on the tracks directly in front of the locomotive.

The Daily Times New Philadelphia Ohio 1941-07-28