Article remembering five students who were killed in 1961 crossing the NYC at Edgewood Ave southeast of Indy. Interesting that the train was estimated to have been going 80mph.
Crosses show where train killed 5 in 1961
Five gleaming white crosses were hammered into the earth Friday just yards from where a car full of Franklin Central High School students were killed by a train nearly 50 years ago.
The railroad crossing on Edgewood Avenue about a half-mile east of Franklin Road was the scene of the 1961 crash that killed five students on their way home from school.
Classmate Larry Walker helped organize the memorial and said he hopes it reminds people how precious life is.
Robert Altmeyer was using caution when he pulled up to the stop sign at the crossing Oct. 2, 1961, but he just didn't notice the train barreling down the track, Walker said.
The impact of the train, estimated to be traveling at 80 mph, killed Altmeyer, 17; his sister Laural, 15; siblings Stephen Pratt, 16, and Nadine Pratt, 14; and friend Linnie Taylor, 15.
Walker said the wreck devastated classmates and the Franklin Township community. It is his hope that the five crosses remind people of those who didn't make it home in 1961.