As near as we can learn the facts, Mr. Williams and grandson were on their way home from the waterplant when the accident happened. They were driving east on Washington Street. Bystanders said that another train had been switching near the depot, and it is thought that probably Williams had heard this train and thought that that was the train that was causing the crossing bell to ring and drove onto the track right in front of the fast train. The auto was struck about the driver's seat and was thrown about 100 feet and stopped only when it stuck the end of a car at the LaMotte coal yard siding. The auto was a total wreck, being torn to pieces.
Dr. Franklin Petry, Deputy Coroner, was called and one examination found that Mr. Williams had suffered a crushed chest, both arms were broken, one leg was broken, and one foot was severed. The child died from a fractured skull and other injuries. The remains of both the victims were taken to the Weaver undertaking rooms. This is the same crossing where C.C. Pattee was killed many years ago.
Until about a year ago Arthur Williams was Marshal of Lowell, which office he held for a number of years. On the appointment of Marshal Archie Buckley, the town board appointed Mr. Williams to the office of street and water commissioner which office he was filling at the time of his untimely death. Williams was about 60 years old and the little child was five years old.
At press time no arrangements for the funerals had been made.
Go to Arthur Williams, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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