Erie, PA Train And Auto Collision, Apr 1931

THREE PEOPLE ARE KILLED AT RAIL CROSSING.

AFTER AUTO STRIKES ENGINE PILOT, CAR IS THROWN ON TRACKS IN FRONT OF LOCOMOTIVE AND ALL BUT DRIVER CRUSHED TO DEATH.

Erie, Pa., April 18 - Two women and a man were killed and another woman was injured today when the automobile
in which they were riding crashed into a Pennsylvania and Lake Erie locomotive at a grade crossing here.
The dead:
MRS. FLORA EDITH NICHOLS NEAL, 48;
MRS. ALMA DeLAVERN, 38, both of Erie.
JOHN A. FORSBERG, 40, of East Wesleyville.
MRS. MAY S. JOHNSON, 32, daughter of MRS. NEAL, driver of the car, suffered shock and body bruises.
The automobile, travelling at a fair rate of speed, struck the pilot of the locomotive which was pulling a caboose down to the bay front. As it struck, the machine swerved to the left, overturned and rolled over on the tracks in front of the engine.
MRS. JOHNSON was thrown from the car by the impact but the other occupants of the machine were pinned in the wreckage and dragged down the tracks before Engineer L. A. Schaller
could bring the engine to a stop.
MRS. NEAL was killed instantly. MRS. DeLAVERN and FORSBERG were rushed to the hospital where MRS. DeLAVERN was pronounced dead upon arrival. FROSBERG died a few moments later.
Coroner Hanley, who immediately began an investigation, said he was advised by eye witnesses that the engine was travelling at about six miles an hour when the accident occurred. Hanley said he would call an inquest for Monday morning.

Bradford Evening Star Pennsylvania 1931-04-18