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Bygones of Monroe:


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 within 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 the victims are widely and favorable 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 Navarre, 28, 505 Harrison street, and Robert Tobin, 32, 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 released 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.

The 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 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 a automobile and Goetz to the Toledo hospital in Toledo. Strong died while being treated at Dr. Southworths office and his body was removed to Rupp, Humphery 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 the car.

A telephone message received by the Evening News from Toledo hospital at 2 o'clock this afternoon was to the effect that, Goetz's back was in fact 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.

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