Dundee, MI Auto And Train Crash, July 1936
NINE KILLED AS TRAIN HITS CAR.
PASSENGER TRAIN HITS CROWDED AUTO AT GRADE CROSSING, CARRIES IT ONTO TRESTLE AND SMASHES IT AGAINST STEEL GIRDERS - TWO FAMILIES RETURNING HOME AFTER ATTENDING FUNERAL.
Dundee, Mich., July 18 - The lives of nine persons, including five children - all riding in one automobile - were snuffed out today when a railroad train crashed into their car at a grade crossing here.
The accident occurred at the point where the railroad tracks cross the highway and onto a 30 foot trestle over the River Raisin.
The train struck the crowded auto carried it onto the trestle and smashed it against the steel girders.
The bodies of two passengers fell into the river while all others, believed killed at the first impact, and the wreckage of the auto were scattered along the tracks.
The dead, all of whom have been visiting the home of Carl Schuster in Dundee since Thursday night, are:
MR. and MRS. HARRY SCHUSTER, of Farrell, Pa.; and their two daughters, VINE, 19, and ANNA, 12.
MR. and MRS. SAM PISANA, also of Farrell, and their three daughters, BETTY, 8; MARY, 6; and SANDRA, six months.
MRS. PISANA and SCHUSTER were brother and sister.
The PISANA'S and SCHUSTER'S drove here from Farrell several days ago to bring Carl Schuster, brother of Harry, to his home here after he had attended the funeral of his niece, Mary Schuster, 14, Tuesday.
They had just left his home on the return trip when the accident occurred. SCHUSTER and PISANA were in the front seat with MARY PISANA on her father's lap. Police believed the men were engrossed in conversation and that SCHUSTER at the wheel did not see the train.
The crossing lights were working they said.
The passenger train, bound from Toledo to Frankfort, Mich., was not derailed and no one on it was hurt.
The bodies were recovered shortly after the crash by sheriff's deputies from Monroe and Dundee fire department.
Gasoline from the smashed car spilled over the railway trestle and the timbers of the bridge caught fire. The Dundee fire department extinguished the blaze.
Bradford Evening Star and The Bradford Daily Record Pennsylvania 1936-07-18