Marion, CT Trolley And Auto Collision, Oct 1922

3 KILLED, 2 HURT IN CROSSING CRASH OF AUTO AND TROLLEY.

FOURTH MAN FEARED DYING; MOTOR DECLARED TO HAVE BEEN RACING ELECTRIC CAR NEAR SOUTHINGTON, CONN.

Southington, Conn., Oct. 16. -- Three men were killed and two seriously injured, one of them mortally, on the Milldale-Waterbury Turnpike, near here, tonight, when their touring car crashed head on into a trolley car at the crossing one half mile west of the village of Marion.
The dead are:
CHARLES N. NORRIS, 135 Summit Street, South Manchester.
THOMAS J. CROCKETT, South Manchester.
FRANK TROUTEN, South Manchester.
RALPH A. CONE, of 494 East Center Street, driver of the auto, and HARRY KEENEY, of 18 Belmont Street, both of Manchester, were taken to the Meriden Hospital. CONE, who sustained a punctured lung and other injuries, is thought to be fatally hurt, while KEENEY is expected to recover, although suffering greatly from shock.
William Baily, of Waterbury, motorman of the trolley, said that when his car, traveling at a reasonable rate of speed, neared the crossing at 7:25 o'clock he saw the automobile approaching toward Waterbury at high speed. He slowed the electric and blew the whistle, but the automobile's speed was not slackened.
At the point of the fatality the trolley line crosses the highway. The crash occurred near the center of the road, the automobile being brushed to pieces. Three of the men were thrown to the side of the tracks, one was found under the wheels of the trolley, while the driver was found amid the wreckage of his machine.
When the first passerby reached the scene a few moents after the crash, two of the victims were dead and the other succumbed shortly after. The body of CROCKETT, whose legs were severed, was taken from under the trolley. A passing motorist carried the two injured men to the Meriden Hospital.

New York Tribune New York 1922-10-17