Delaware, OH Train Collision, Dec 1934
THREE DEAD WHEN CROWDED HOLIDAY TRAINS CRASH.
14 OTHERS INJURED WHEN FAST N.Y. CENTRAL PASSENGERS COLLIDE IN OHIO.
(By Associated Press)
Delaware, Ohio, Dec. 23. -- Speeding in the dead of night with their cars loaded with Christmas holiday passengers and mail, two fast New York Central trains crashed early today killing three railroad employes and injuring 14 persons, including four railroad workers.
Eight hours after the crash, which occurred about 4:30 a.m., the body of one of the dead, Engineer S. V. SPRINGER, 42, of the midnight express, a through train from Columbus to Cleveland, was still in the wreckage.
The other two dead were JAMES B. NEWMAN, 42, of Cleveland, engineer of the first locomotive of the midnight express and J. J. O'MALLEY of Cleveland, fireman of the second locomotive of that train.
The injured were Ohio and Kentucky residents. None was hurt seriously.
The crash occurred when the midnight, No. 42, speeding along a cutoff outside the Delaware city limits struck the third car back from the locomotive of the Central's eastern mail, No. 28.
The two locomotives of No. 42 turned over into a ditch but the locomotive of No. 28 remained upright. The only member of the crew of No. 28 injured was Conductor DAN O'BRIEN.
Railroad officials said the Eastern mail, running on the main line after a stop at the Delaware station, had the right of way and that the midnight traveling the cutoff which was built to save time for through trains from Columbus to Cleveland, struck No. 28 as she speeded past the cutoff connection, two and one-half miles northeast of town.
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