Williams, AZ Train Wreck, Apr 1964

Engineer Killed, Seven Injured In Train Wreck

Williams, Ariz. (AP)-A 16-car Santa Fe train carrying about 100 passengers struck a rockslide in a deep cut near here in darkness early Sunday. The engineer was fatally injured, seven others were hurt, three seriously, and 12 cars were derailed.

A five-unit diesel, one passenger car and 10 baggage cars were derailed. The passenger car, its front end damaged, remained upright. Four other passenger cars at the rear of the train remained on the track.

The train’s engineer, George Crawford of Winslow, Ariz., died in a William’s Hospital about 10 hours after the accident.

Three other trainmen were injured seriously. Four passengers were admitted to the hospital for treatment. All but one, Mrs. Lydia Olson, 80, of Las Vegas, Nev., were treated for minor injuries and released. A hospital spokesman said Mrs. Olson apparently suffered a broken rib.

Charles Rollins, Santa Fe district superintendent, said the train, bound from Chicago to Los Angeles, struck the rockslide about 2:20 a.m., MST, 15 miles west of Williams.

Passengers treated and released were Mrs. Maria Sanches, 36, and her son, Timmy, 4, of Fontana, Calif., and Mrs. Barbara A. Singer, 22, Topeka, Kan.

Passenger cars at the rear of the train, which left Chicago at 11 a.m. Friday, were attached to a mail-freight train after the accident and re-routed to Los Angeles.

Rollins said the line would be closed at least 24 hours, with traffic being routed over the southern tracks.

Montana Standard, Butte, MT 6 Apr 1964


Train Fireman In Arizona Wreck Is Second To Die

Williams, Ariz.-UP- A passenger train wreck last weekend has claimed its second life.

David M. Loucks, 25, of Winslow, Ariz., a fireman, died yesterday in the Williams Hospital. George H. Crawford, 63, also of Winslow, the engineer of the train, died Sunday following the accident. The passenger train slammed into a rockslide northwest of here.

Two Railway Express Company employees remain in critical condition. They are Charles E. Johnson of San Gabriel, Calif., and Anthony Tunrette of Los Angeles.

Fresno Bee Republican, Fresno, CA 7 Apr 1964


Third Man In Rail Wreck

Williams-(AP)-A third crew member of the Santa Fe passenger train which derailed near Williams April 5 has died of injuries he suffered in the crash.

Charles F. Johnston, 61, of San Gabriel, a baggage man, died Saturday in Williams Community Hospital.

The engineer, George Crawford, 63, Winslow, died a few hours after the train smashed into a rock slide at 87 miles per hour and overturned.

A fireman, David Loucks, 25, also of Winslow, died two days later in the Williams hospital.

Hospital officials said Anthony Tunrette, 62, a baggage man from Los Angeles, is improving after suffering critical injuries, Needles, Calif., is to be released.

Brakeman John Gaffey, 57, from the hospital this week. He suffered a broken leg.

Tucson Daily Citizen, Tucson, AZ 15 Apr 1964