Two are killed in horrible accident at level crossing
Grimsby Independent, 12 Oct 1921, p. 1
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12 Oct 1921
Date Of Event
7 Oct 1921
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Yeager,Andrew ; Eckhardt, Hildred Lillian
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Andrew Yeager, long resident of North Grimsby, and Miss Hildred Eckhardt, killed on Nelles Road - Lloyd Yeager in Hamilton Hospital, but will probably recover - Bodies terribly mangled - Miss Eckhardt did not regain consciousness - Heavy rainstorm blowing against windshield prevented driver from seeing approaching train. Another horrible page was written in the accident history of Grimsby when Andrew Yeager and Miss Hildred Lillian Eckhardt were killed, and Lloyd Yaeger was seriously injured in a level crossing accident on Nelles Road on Friday, Oct. 7, 1921. The crossing is not provided with gates but has an electric bell that rings when trains are approaching. The Yeager auto was proceeding south and reached the tracks just as the train dashed past. The train is a fast one and was going at a high rate of speed. The first intimation the engineer received of the auto was when it was directly in the path of the oncoming flyer. He immediately applied the brakes, but the motor car was hurled a considerable distance. Andrew Yeager was quite dead when picked up, and Miss Eckhardt died in the Grimsby station. The train crew immediately rushed to the injured and placed them on the train, which was backed up to the Grimsby depot. Doctors Alexander, Gesner and McLay were summoned, but Miss Eckhardt, though still breathing, was beyond human aid and the attention of the physicians was mainly concentrated on Lloyd Yeager. The west bound way freight was at the station at the time, and the caboose was detached and the young man rushed to the Hamilton General Hospital. The bodies of Andrew Yaeger and Miss Eckhardt were removed to Irwin and McFarlane Funeral Parlours and Dr. Alexander, coroner, empaneled a jury ... The jury viewed the remains and the scene of the accident on Saturday morning and adjourned until Friday, Oct. 14 ... There was a blinding rainstorm at the time of the accident, probably the main reason for not seeing the approaching train, and the patter of the rain on the roof and curtains would prevent the hearing of the signal bell.

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Two are killed in horrible accident at level crossing