Vienna, GA Auto And Train Collision, June 1969


Vienna, Ga. (AP) - A car carrying two women and 10 children on a sunny afternoon outing was hit broadside by an eight-car freight train at a crossing near here this weekend. Ten died, including nine children.
The crowded sedan, which apparently stalled as it attempted to cross the tracks, was dragged some three-quarters of a mile before the engineer of the Southern Railway train, William A. Thompson of Valdosta, could halt the train.
Dooly County Sheriff H. C. Johnson identified the two survivors as ANNIE MAE LOWE, 27, of Vienna, the driver; and her 6-year-old daughter, FAYE.

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Killed were two other LOWE children; a sister of the driver, EULA MAE PITTS, 24, of Miami; MRS. PITTS' daughter; and six children of another sister of MRS. LOWE, MRS. MARY LEWIS of Vienna. The children ranged in age from 3 to 12.
Thompson told Johnson the car pulled up on the tracks and stopped. He said MRS. LOWE apparently became excited on hearing the approaching train and stalled the engine of the car.
Thompson said he locked the brakes of the train, but that a light load did not give him enough braking power to stop before the collision. The engineer estimated his speed at about 40 miles per hour.

Ogden Standard-Examiner Utah 1969-06-22