Adena, OH Tunnel Collapses on Train, Oct 1930
RAILROAD TUNNEL COLLAPSES ON TRAIN IN OHIO
One Body Is Recovered But Another Victim Is Held Underneath Debris
Rocks Tumble Down Today On Caboose As Engine Leaves Trap
STEUBENVILLE, O., Oct. 23.--(AP)--Two men were crushed to death and a third was injured seriously in the collapse of three hundred feet of railroad tunnel on a Wheeling and Lake Erie freight train caboose at Adena twenty-five miles southwest of here today. The victims were removed by rescue crews after six hours of digging in debris.
The last body that of E. E. Duga, Dillonvale, was removed from the demolished caboose today. The crews first found the body of Jerry L. Sells, a conductor, and then released Al Romando, a trainman, who had been wedged between boulders. Romando suffered a broken arm and leg and a crushed hip.
Both Duga and Sells were caught under the heaviest part of the cave-in and were crushed. Romando was saved by supporting timbers that stopped the fall of dirt from the tunnel roof.
The caboose was caught with six cars of a local freight train about three hundred feet from the east end of the tunnel which is about eight hundred feet in length. The six cars were pulled from the tunnel by a locomotive but the rescue crews were unable to reach the caboose from that end and attacked the west end where only a small amount of debris had fallen.
After four hours of digging they reached the demolished caboose and removed the body of Sells.
Officials investigating the accident expressed the opinion the caboose may have left the rails, striking supports in the tunnel which caused the slide, or that the car may have struck a loose timber overhead and caused the cave-in.
CROWD ON HAND
A crowd estimated at three thousand gathered around the tunnel to watch progress of the rescue work.
Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 23 Oct 1930