Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 07:07:43 :
The Marin Journal
Thursday, October 21, 1943
Two Killed in Crash of Train and Truck Near Novato Friday
In the early house of Friday morning John E. Cardoza, formerly of San Rafael, and two companions, Eduardo M. Soares, of San Francisco, and Oral L. Broyles, of Petaluma, collecting milk drove onto the NWP tracks just north of Novato, directly in from of a northbound locomotive. Cardoza was killed instantly, while Soares died Monday in a local hospital. The third occupant of the cab, Broyles, is still in critical condition.
Arriving at the scene of the accident, which Engineer C. J. Dubs of Sausalito declared was unavoidable, rescue workers found Cardoza, 30, lying 100 feet from the wreckage of the truck cab, killed instantly. Soares, 40, was found in severe condition on the opposite side of the tracks, while Broyles, 18, was pinned in the wreckage.
This is the second tragedy in the Cardoza family of this city, as only a few months ago, Mrs. Josephine Cardoza Kenney, a sister of the crash victim, passed away suddenly in the east.
Services were held for Cardoza Tuesday from Keatonís Mortuary followed by mass at St. Raphaelís. The deceased, whose mother is seriously ill in a local hospital, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie Cardoza, a young son, Kenneth, both of Petaluma, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Cardoza, of San Rafael, and a sister and two brothers, also of this city.
Soares, the second victim of the crash, was accorded final rites from the Sonoma Catholic church and interment was in that city.
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