Delphos, OH Train And Truck Collision, Feb 1934
2 TRAINMEN WRECK VICTIMS.
INDIANA MEN ARE VICTIMS.
ENGINEER AND FIREMAN OF FT. WAYNE KILLED WHEN SPEEDING TRAIN CRASHES INTO TRUCK.
EIGHT OF THE TEN CARS ARE DERAILED.
UNFORTUNATE MEN CRUSHED TO DEATH WHEN LOCOMOTIVE PITCHED OVER ON ITS SIDE TODAY.
Delphos, O., Feb. 26. -- (UP) -- Two trainmen were killed and a third man was injured critically here today when a fast New York to Chicago Pennsylvania passenger train crashed into a motor truck at a main street crossing.
The dead are G. C. LEHMAN, locomotive engineer and ANDREW PALMER, fireman, both of Ft. Wayne. PHILLIP LANG, driver of the truck, was believed fatally injured. He was taken to a hospital at Lima.
The train shattered the truck which slipped onto the tracks across snow choked streets. The locomotive and cars rocked crazily on for some yards before the engine fell on its side. Eight of the 10 cars were derailed but remained upright. Two baggage cars remained on the tracks.
LEHMAN and PALMER were crushed to death as the engine roared to its side and ploughed into the snow-covered right of way.
EARL SWANSON, assistant driver on the truck who was sleeping in its rear section, was injured only slightly.
The truck drivers were from Chicago and were driving a Bates Motor Transportation company carrier. The train was No. 73, known as the Fort Dearborn. The crash occured at 4:53 a.m.
There were 76 passengers on the train. Three of them suffered minor hurts as all but two of the cars toppled from the rails and bumped to a stop along the railroad ties.
A wrecking crew with doctors and nurses, raced here from Ft. Wayne and local doctors went to the scene, fearing injury to many.
Railroad officials said it would require several hours to clear the wreckage and resume normal train schedules along the damaged trackage.
Piqua Daily Call Ohio 1934-02-26