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Monroe Party Enroute to Schreiber Cottage At Laplaisance Bay Mostly Wiped Out When Truck Collides With Train---Toll of Deaths May Reach Four.


Word Received From Toledo That Walter Goetz, Driver of Truck, Is Not Expected to Live--- Tobins Remains Will Be Taken to Battle Creek.Kansier Slightly Injured.

When a motor truck, driven by Walter Goetz, an employee of the River Raisin Paper company, crashed into a fast northbound New York Central passenger train at Greenings crossing shortly after 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon two were instantly killed, another died with two hours, and two were seriously injured, one perhaps fatally. It was the most disastrous accident that has occurred in Monroe in years and being that all of the victims are widely and favorably known makes it doubly so.

The party had been spending the day at Schreiber's cottage at Laplaisance Bay and had come to Monroe about 3 o'clock in the afternoon to get some eatables. It was returning to the cottage when the accident happened and those who were killed instantly are Leslie Narvarre, 28, 505 Harrison street, and Robert Tobin, 32, 710 East First street, Edwin J. Strong, 29, 611 Harrison street, died after being removed to Dr Charles Southworths office on Washington street. Walter Goetz suffered a broken back and was otherwise internally injured, while Raymond Kansier, 25, 938 East Third street, was only slightly injured, and will be able to be about in a few days.

When the motor truck, the property of the City Delivery company, crashed into the speeding train, Goetz and Kansier occupied the front seat and Navarre, Tobin and Strong were in the rear. The impact was so great that practically the entire front part of the truck was torn away and when towed to this city this morning the front of it was bespattered with blood.

When passenger train was in charge of Conductor Palmer and Engineer Winegart, both of Toledo, and it was immediately brought to a stop. Within a short time after the accident occurred hundreds of people had gathered upon the scene and after Coroner Huber and Sheriff Bairley had made an investigation the terrible mangled bodies of Navarre and Tobin were removed to Weber and Madeau's morgue, while Strong was rushed to Dr. Southworth's office in Toledo. Strong died while being treated at Dr. Southworths office and his body was removed to Rupp, Humphrey and Huber's morgue and prepared for burial.

Just what caused the accident cannot be accounted for as there are no obstacles at the crossing to obstruct one's view and the only solution and the most feasible one is that Goetz lost control of his car.

A telephone message received by the Evening News from the Toledo hospital at 2 o'clock this afternoon was to the effect that Goetz's back was broken and that little hopes were being entertained for his recovery. Dr Dawe of this city is attending him and he being in Toledo, a statement could not be obtained from him at the hour of going to press.

Coroner Huber stated to an Evening News representative this morning that an inquest would not be held.

Tobin came to Monroe about five years ago from Battle Creek and was employed as a pressman at the Boehme and "Rauch Paper" company plant. He lived with William Meeks, 710 East Third street, and he leaves besides a father and mother, five brothers and four sisters. Two of this brothers Edward and Richard, were in Monroe today and made arrangement to have the remains shipped to Battle Creek late this afternoon.

Strong was employed at the River Raisin Paper company plant and leaves a mother, Mrs. Barbara Strong, two sisters, Mrs. Clifford Langley of Detroit and Miss. Lorretta Strong of this city, and one brother Carl of this city. He severed the late war and was a member of the American Legion. The funeral will be held from Trinity Episcopal church Wednesday afternoon. The time will be announced later.

Navarre was employed as a pressman at the Boehe and Rauch Paper company and lived with his mother, Mrs. Mary Navarre. He leaves besides a mother, four sisters. Mrs. Clarence Ash and Misses Margaret, Bernadette and Bernadine, all of this city.

Goetz was taken to Toledo by Doc. Blumfield. He has a wife and child and is an employee of the River Raisin Paper company.

Kansier is a toolmaker and is employed at the Van Blerch Motor company and lives with his mother. Aside from being badly shaken up, he suffered a broken finger.

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