Beaumont, TX Train - Automobile Wreck, Nov 1963

Train-Car Crash Kills Two

Teen-Ager And Mother

Beaumont, Tex. (AP) - A car crashed into a Southern Pacific passenger train shortly before noon yesterday, killing a mother and her teen-aged son in the car and sending several railroad cars off the track.

None of the 40 to 60 passengers on the train, the Sunset Limited en route from San Francisco to New Orleans, was hurt.

Killed were MRS. RAMONA S. LEMKI, 35, Morgan City, La., and her son, BENSON, 13.

The crash occurred at 11:40 a. m. at Terry Crossing on Farm Road 1135 some 12 miles east of Beaumont and about 20 miles from the Texas-Louisiana border.

Officers said the car slammed into the second unit of the diesel engine. The car was carried about 175 yards down the track and literally torn in half.

The two victims and the family dog, also killed, were thrown from the car by the impact.

The train's conductor said the train was traveling 72 miles an hour. It had left Houston about 20 minutes late.

The Troy Record New York 1963-11-18


Newspaper Clippings

Hi Aaron,

My family have newspaper clippings of the accident. You may contact Violet VanDyke in Conroe Texas. She is on facebook.

Gene Stevens

Beaumont, Texas, train wreck, 17 Nov 1963

Do you know of anyone who has pictures of the wreck? I have pictures that may be of the wreck, but I would like to get verification.

Car-Train Collision

On behalf of the Stevens family I want to thank Stu Beitler for the posting. I am a younger brother of Ramona (Stevens) Lemki and uncle of Benson Lemki Jr.

Kind Regards,

Beaumont, TX Train - Automobile Wreck, Jul 1954

According to their death certificates, Ramona LEMKE and Benson LEMKE, Jr. died November 17, 1963.