Detroit, MI Freight Train Wreck, Sept 1930


Open Switch Causes Wreck at Detroit

DETROIT, Sept 28 (AP) -- The brakeman and fireman of a Michigan Central freight train were killed instantly, and the engineer escaped injury by jumping as the engine and four cars left the track and turned over after striking an open switch at the outskirts of Detroit late today.

The dead were William Feilman, brakeman, and Frank McLaughlin, fireman.  They were riding in the cab and were crushed between the engine and tender.  Frank O'Donahue, the engineer, jumped as the locomotive turned over.

The train was bound for Detroit.

Boston Herald, Boston, MA 29 Sept 1930

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