Conneautville, PA Train And Auto Crash, Oct 1969


Nine persons, returning home from a church service, were killed in Conneautville when their car was struck Sunday night by a freight train.
State police at Meadville said the victims were in the car. Three of them were adults and six were children.
The names of the three adults were released, but Crawford County Coroner Wilbur Thomas was still conducting his investigation to determine the identity of the six children.
Police said the people were on their way home from a church revival about 8:50 p.m. Sunday when their car was struck by a Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad 80-car freight train.
Police said the crash occurred in Conneautville Borough and the flashing lights at the railroad crossing were in operation at the time of the mishap. They said the diesel engine carried the car a distance of between 150 and 200 feet.
The three adults were identified as:
HUEY HAMRICK, 39, the driver, of Conneautville RD 1; LUCILLE SCHRADER, 34, of Conneautville RD 1 and FRANKLIN C. MOATS, 23, of Saegertown RD 1.
Police said HAMRICH and MRS. SCHRADER were brother and sister.
Authorities said the 80-car freight train was traveling about 5 miles-per-hour when it collided with the auto. They said this was learned from a tape kept in the engine. The engineer was identified as William H. Thomas, 66, of Springboro RD 2.
Police said the crash occurred on Rt. 198 at the south end of the borough. They said the car was headed east and the freight was traveling north.
Authorities stated that the three adults and three of the children apparently were killed instantly. A young girl died in Meadville City Hospital at 10:45 p.m. and a baby boy died at 1:56 a.m. today.
Police reported that the impact of the crash and the dragging of the vehicle caused the car to be rolled into a ball of scrap. They added that the engine was separated from the vehicle.
Police said all nine were thrown out of the car. They added that bodies were strewn from along side of the road when the collision occurred up to where the wreckage came to a stop.

The News-Herald Franklin Pennsylvania 1969-10-13