|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1927|
TRAIN HITS AUTO; FOUR OTHERS ARE HURT IN CRASH
DRIVER DID NOT SEE TRAIN COMING
GLOUSTER--Oct. 17--Two young high school girls were killed instantly and four other young people injured when a Ford coupe in which they were riding was struck by southbound New York Central passenger train No. 6 about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The accident happened at the second crossing about a mile north of the city on what is now a side road since the brick road was built between Glouster and Burr Oak.
Beatrice Bernard, 15, Jacksonville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bernard, and Violet Brooks, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brooks were killed instantly. Beatrice was a pupil in Trimble high school and Miss Brooks in the Glouster junior high school.
Mrs. Albert Grubic, 17, a sister of Beatrice Bernard, suffered two bad cuts on her left side which required seven stitches to close and a smaller cut on her right leg which made two stitches necessary.
Miss Julia Grubic, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Grubic, Jacksonville suffered a dislocated hip but was was otherwise uninjured. Miss Grubic is a sister-in-law of Mrs. Albert Grubic.
John McClellan, 20, Trimble, son of Mr. and Mrs. James McClellan, driver of the car, suffered a fractured right shoulder.
Dale Sheppard, 21 son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sheppard, Burr Oak, suffered a dislocated left shoulder and numerous cuts and bruises about the head and body.
The two young girls who were in the back of the coupe, riding in the rumble seat it is said, jumped out before the engine hit their car and fell to the railroad track where their bodies were scattered along the track a distance of about 600 feet before the train could be brought to a stop. The others were thrown clear of the wreckage when the coupe was completely demolished.
Mrs. Grubic and Miss Grubic were brought to the office of Doctor Crawford in this city by J. R. B ? (indecipherable name) of Findley who was in route home only a short distance from there the accident happened. The others were brought here on the train which was held at the scene of the accident until the bodies of the young girls could be gathered up.
Doctor McMillin of the McMillin hospital at Charleston was a passenger on the train and assisted Doctors Crawfod, Gibson, and Von Steeple in giving first aid to the injured at Doctor crawford's office. Miss Grubic's condition was such that it was decided to send her to a hospital at once and she was put on the train and taken to the McMillin Hospital at Charleston, the train waiting here possibly an hour until the injured had been examinined.
John McClellan was taken to his home in Trimble by his father, James McClellan, and on Monday morning was taken to Grant hospital in Columbus. The Fractured shoulder bone is in such condition that the ends will have to be wired together. He was accompanied by his father.
Mrs. Albert Grubic was takens to her home in Jacksonville shortly before 6 o'clock. Her injuries are not considered of a serious nature.
Dale Sheppard was kept at the office of Doctor Crawford in this city until Monday morning for obversation. While he passed a restless night as a result of his injuries, his condition this morning was as good as could be expected, and he was taken to his home in Burr Oak.
The two bodies of the young girls were taken to the funeral home of C. F. Wallace on Front Street, where in inquest was conducted Sunday evening by Coroner L. F. Jones of Athens.
DID NOT SEE TRAIN
According to statements made following the accident, It seems that the young people did not notice the approaching train and the coupe was almost across the track when the train hit it.
Witnesses of the accident from the near road, said that they heard the train whistle and looked toward the crossing. They could see the coupe was approaching and realized it was sure to be struck as the driver did not act as if he was aware of the approaching train.
Hundreds of people visited the scene of the accident Sunday afternoon and evening, and cars were lined up along the main road for a great distance headed in both directions.
Funeral arrangements had not been made this morning, but services will probably be held Tuesday.
THE ATHENS MESSENGER
Monday, October 17, 1927
W. A. Craft
Messenger Staff Writer
Clarence Eldon Bernard (1887 - 1965)
Agnes Woods Bernard (1893 - 1965)
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Record added: Jul 11, 2012
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