Montvale, NJ Automobile And Train Collision, Aug 1931
FIVE KILLED BY TRAIN ON WALDEN TRIP.
MEHLE FAMILY MEET DEATH ON ERIE LINE CROSSING AT MONVALE, N.J.
Montvale, N.J. -- Five persons were instantly killed and a sixth died enroute to the hospital after the automobile in which they were driving to Walden, N.Y., for a week-end outing was demolished on a grade crossing here last night by a locomotive of the New Jersey & New York Division of the Erie Railroad.
Stalled on the tracks, the car was struck and carried 150 feet along the right of way. Immediate investigation of the tragedy disclosed that GEORGE ECKERSON, engineer of the locomotive, had sounded his whistle 600 feet from the highway, and the light and bell that guard the crossing were said to have been working when the car driver tried to cross the rails.
The dead were all closely related. They were:
GEORGE MEHLE, thirty-eight.
MRS. CECELIA MEHLE, his wife, thirty-six.
NANCY MEHLE, their fourteen months old daughter.
MRS. MAY PAULSON, mother of MRS. MEHLE.
MRS. HARRY KRINKE, thirty, of Dumont, MEHLE'S sister.
JAY KRINKE, three, son of MRS. KRINKE.
The engineer, the conductor, PAUL GESSNER, and the baggageman, OTTO HALEY, were released on their own recognizance under technical charges of manslaughter.
Middlestown Times Herald New York 1931-08-15