28 May 1942 Evening News of the Tonawandas
Father of Three Sons in U. S. Army Dies After Train Crash
Well-known North Tonawandan Succumbs in DeGraff Memorial After His Truck Is Struck by Engine at Witmer road Crossing; Is Survived by Wife and 10 Children
Joseph Fedczyszyn, also known as Joseph Fedson, about 60 years old, of Witmer road, North Tonawanda, died at 3:55 o?clock yesterday afternoon in the DeGraff Memorial hospital from injuries received when the truck he was driving west on Witmer road was struck by an eastbound Lehigh Valley train yesterday noon. He leaves his wife and ten children, including three sons in the U. S. Army.
Fedczyszyn died from injuries which included a fractured skull, possible broken neck and spine, internal injuries and severe lacerations of the face and body. Niagara County coroner Dr. H. C. Helwig, who viewed the body said today that the fractured skull and the internal injuries were causes of the man?s death. Dr. Helwig will conduct an inquest the early part of next week in the city hall court room.
Partly Across Track
According to Patrolmen Julius Astalos and William H. Bailey, who were on the scene a few minutes after the accident occurred, Fedczyszyn evidently had been proceeding west on Witmer road and had driven partly across the New York Central tracks when his truck was struck in the rear by the fast moving train. The man was hurled from his seat in the cab.
The police said the truck was demolished. The engineer of the train, Dan Zimmerman of Buffalo and the conductor, A. E. Ryan, of Niagara Falls, rushed to the man after they had stopped the train. North Tonawanda police headquarters were notified and two cars dispatched to the scene.
Officer Astalos driving the police ambulance, took the injured man to the hospital while Officer Bailey took the statements of the trainmen.
At the hospital Dr. G. Norris Miner and Dr. T. E. Reszel directed that the man?s wife be notified and a priest be sent for.
On Way To Work
According to reports obtained by the police Fedczyszyn had been on his way to the summer residence of Dr. Reszel to do some carpenter work and had just left his home, near the scene of the accident. Fedczyszyn at one time held the garbage collecting contract in North Tonawanda and had also been a building contractor here. He came here from Buffalo 36 years ago.
He is survived by his wife Josephine, two daughters, Mrs. Paul Bylenok of Tonawanda and Dorothy; eight sons, Sergeant Benjamin and Privates Henry and Edwin of the U. S. Army; Dennis, Raymond, Chester, Alfred and Joseph Jr., and one brother, Henry, of Detroit. The funeral will be held Saturday from the residence on Witmer road at 8:30 a.m., and from O.L.C. church at 9 o?clock. Burial will be in St. Francis cemetery.