Meyersdale, PA Train And Auto Crash, Jun 1982


Associated Press
Meyersdale, Pa. - A train of five locomotives rammed a car at a grade crossing, killing all six people inside, authorities in this rural southwestern Pennsylvania town, police said.
The victims, including three members of one family, were trapped in the wreckage Saturday night until rescue workers freed them. The car was dragged 713 feet after the impact, said Meyersdale police Chief Sheridan Caton.
He identified the victims as brothers BRUCE MILLER, 21, and DESMOND MILLER, 29, and their sister, KIM MILLER, 15, all of nearby Garrett.
KENNETH HOUSEL, 21, JUDITH SHAFFER, 18, and ROBERT KRAUSE, 52, all of Meyersdale, also died, Caton said. HOUSEL was driving, he said.
Caton said only a crossed board sign marks the tracks where the two-lane Broadway Street crosses the railroad right of way. There were no gates or lights to warn of the train's approach, he said.
Authorities at Meyersdale Community Hospital said HOUSEL died on the way to the hospital, while the other five victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Somerset County Coroner Wilbur Miller.
The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. as the five Baltimore & Ohio Railroad locomotives were traveling westbound.

Courier-Post Camden New Jersey 1982-06-07