W D Hartley escaped injury when his car stalled on the railroad crossing in Sturgeon Feb1932
the business a of Leaps to Safety as Car Stalls On Rail Crossing W. D. Hartley, farmer living north of Sturgeon, Mo., escaped injury Friday afternoon when he jumped from his car which had stalled on the Wabash mainline crossing in Sturgeon and ran to safety as passenger train No. 2 struck the machine. The car, a 1929 Ford coach, was dragged several feet and totally demolished. demolished. Hartley told trainmen his car stalled on the crossing just before before No. 2 rounded the sharp curve this side of the station. said his inability to start, the motor was due' to a- faulty ignition switch. Hartley heard the train approaching approaching and when he saw he could not start his machine ran to safety. No. one was riding with him at the time. Wabash trainmen saw the car on the track and applied the emergency brakes to the train, but not in time to avoid collision. The train was in charge of Engineer A. W. Kincaid, of 134 Kirov street. Mr. Hartley is a brother of H. T. Hartley, of 522 Franklin! avenue. '