Los Angeles, CA Train and Tanker Collision, Jan 1964


Los Angeles (UPI) - Four men were killed and two others injured - one of them critically - Thursday night when a railroad switch engine and caboose collided with a gasoline tank truck.
The fiery crash occurred within a half-block of two petroleum refineries, but neither was seriously endangered despite flames shooting high into the sky.
Dead were:
Railroad Conductor J. R. BILLHIMER, of La Habra.
Brakeman EDWARD E. WETZLER, of Huntington Beach.
Brakeman R. G. FRYE, of Pasadena.
and the driver of the truck, who was not immediately identified.
All were burned beyond recognition.
Listed as in critical condition was train fireman RAYMOND G. CANTRELL of Hacienda Heights.
The other injured man was engineer GEORGE H. MEEK of Glendale.
California Highway Patrolmen said the gasoline truck was registered to Shell Oil Co. It was westbound on Sepulveda Boulevard when it collided with the train, headed north on route to Los Angeles Railroad yards at Santa Fe Springs, from the Los Angeles Harbor community of San Pedro.

Eureka Humboldt Standard California 1964-01-24