Calumet City, IN Motor Coach Hits Train, Oct 1927
THREE ARE KILLED WHEN TRAIN HITS BUS.
DRIVER BLINDED BY FOG, RUNS INTO TRAIN.
MOTOR COACH CARRYING TWENTY PASSENGERS TO CHICAGO FOOTBALL GAME STRUCK AT CROSSING IN CALUMET CITY, NEAR GARY; EIGHT ARE INJURED, SOME SERIOUSLY.
MOST OF THOSE HURT COLLEGE STUDENTS.
Gary, Ind., Oct. 30 (AP) -- A co-ed from the University of Missouri, an unidentified man, and one other, were killed and eight others, some of them Missouri students, were injured Saturday when a Purple Swan motor coach was struck by a Pennsylvania passenger train in Calumet City, Ind. The bus driver, blinded by the fog, drove the vehicle in front of the train.
The bus carrying about twenty passengers, most of them Missouri students en route to Chicago for the Missouri-Northwestern football game, was on its way from Davenport, Iowa. It was trailing a truck and passed it just as the crossing was reached. The train, railroad officials said, was traveling only about 30 miles an hour, because of the fog, and struck the rear end of the bus, smashing away part of it and jamming the rest into a concrete post.
The dead are:
MISS MARGUERITE MOSS, 19, Pawness, Okla., Missouri student.
RALPH RHOADES, 21, son of a St. Louis employe of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
An Unidentified Man about 60 years old with the initials "I. M. A." in his clothing.
Those injured, some fatally, included:
EUGENE SPENCER, 21, Missouri student of Houston, Tex.
WINIFRED SPENCER, 19, his sister, Missouri student of Houston, Tex.
MISS MARIE HOLMBERG, St. Louis.
EDWARD ALLEN, 22, driver of the bus, Carlinville, Ill.
HARRY R. CARTER, 22, Hammond, Ind.
EDWIN PFLUG, 22, of Chicago, Ill.
E. M. COX, of Chicago, Ill.
MISS HAZEL DAWSON, Gary, Ind.
The train was stopped after it had proceeded about 100 yards and trainmen helped to extricate the injured who were taken to Hammond and Calumet City hospitals.
The unidentified man and MISS MOSS died in a hospital while RHOADES was killed outright.
Logansport Press Indiana 1927-10-30