Alvord, TX Auto And Train Collision, May 1931

SIX KILLED AT GRADE CROSSING SUNDAY NIGHT.

MEMBERS OF ALVORD FAMILY VICTIMS OF CRASH LAST NIGHT.

ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS FROM AUTO ACCIDENTS NUMEROUS WEEKEND.

Alvord, May 11. - (AP) - Six persons, all members of one family, were killed at a grade crossing here late last night when the automobile in which they were riding was struck by a northbound Fort Worth and Denver passenger train.
The dead were:
CHARLES COLLINS, 30.
MRS. NORA LEE COLLINS, his wife.
CHARLENE COLLINS, 5, their daughter.
MRS. FANNIE COLLINS, 65, his mother.
CECIL FERGUSON, 18, brother of MRS. CHARLES COLLINS.
The engineer and other trainmen said the car stopped 10 feet from the crossing when the whistle was blown and just as the locomotive reached the crossing the car lunged forward into the path of the train.
The machine and the bodies of all six were carried about 250 feet down the track. All of the bodies were badly mangled and the baby's body was removed from the engine pilot after the train dame to a stop.
COLLINS operated a gasoline filling station here and was a native of Wise County.
J. F. Gillespie, engineer of the train, later told Justice of the Peace A. M. Stone he saw the automobile approach the track and stop at the crossing. Then, Gillespie said, the car lunged forward and stopped directly in front of the locomotive.
COLLINS and his party had just returned to Alvord from Fort Worth, where they had been visiting relatives.

Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light Texas 1931-05-12