Columbus, OH Train Wreck Kills Two, Dec 1934


(By Associated Press) Cleveland, O., Dec. 27 - Vandalism was blamed by F. H. Krick, superintendent of the Cleveland division of the Pennsylvania railroad, for a passenger train wreck near Columbus today in which three railroad men were killed.
The dead are:
A. H. ECKELS, of Lakewood, road foreman of engines.
Engineer H. S. BEACH, of Mt. Vernon, O.
and Fireman JOHN SKOLAR, of Cleveland.
Superintendent Krick said his office had received a report from the scene of the wreck that a switch had been locked open.
The train, No. 614, carrying two coaches, ran into a line of eight boxcars on a siding.
"Our information indicates that someone locked the switch open with the intention of causing a wreck," Krick said.

News Palladium Benton Harbor Michigan 1934-12-27