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Valparaiso Evening Messenger, Friday, 16 November, 1923
AUTO HIT BY FREIGHT TRAIN.
Three persons had a narrow escape from death or possible serious injury Wednesday night when an automobile they were in was struck by a Nickel Plate train at a crossing south of Wanatah.

Those in the motor car were Mr. and Mrs. George Pinkerton, and Bessie, their 9-year-old daughter. They live five miles south of Wanatah. The father and girl escaped without injury, but Mrs. Pinkerton was scratched and bruised about the head.

Mr. Pinkerton, as he approached the crossing, saw a freight car which he believed was parked on the tracks. However, the box car was in front of an engine running toward the crossing.

The automobile was struck squarely. None of those in the machine had time to jump. The fact that the switching train was not traveling rapidly probably saved them from death.

After the accident, Mrs. Pinkerton was rushed to Wanatah, where her wounds were dressed by a physician. The automobile was demolished, only one wheel being left intact, it was said.
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