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Re: Sterling train wreck
Thu Dec 25, 2008 21:02
71.186.55.92 (XFF: 129.11.37.127)

Check the Erie-Lackawanna railfan websites. There is a detailed ICC Accident report available. A B&O eastbound was running against the flow of traffic haveing crossed over immediately west of Kauffman Ave. He ran the red signal at RU tower and hit an E-L westbound directly on the diamond. A few seconds either way and it would have been far less severe. The only survivor of the head-end crews was an E-L trainman asleep in a trailing unit who survived with a broken back.

  • Sterling train wreckRick Williams, Mon Nov 5 05:42
    Sounds like your asking about the 01-11-1965 B&O/E&L Head on collision at the interlocking in Sterling. 5 crew members died in the collision and resulting fire.
    • train wreckdave, Mon Apr 11 17:35
      I was there, saw the whole mess. It was awful.I was there yesterday bikeing on the new bike trail. Sure brought it all back. \
    • Re: Sterling train wreckkeith, Wed Aug 4 17:47
      The date of the wreck was Jan. 11, 1965 at 1:06 AM. I have a newspaper clipping.
    • Re: Sterling train wreck — Gary L, Thu Dec 25 21:02
    • Crew FatalitiesPat Lofgren, Mon Jan 28 07:47
      Could this have been the last train wreck in which 5 crew members perished? I can recall later wrecks (in the 2-man crew era) in which 4 railroad crew members were killed, but no others with 5 dead.... more
      • Re: Crew FatalitiesAnonymous, Mon Jan 28 12:53
        PC had a headon in I believe 1975 at Wauseon Ohio that killed 5 or 6. The Erie wreck was covered by the Akron paper but don't know if any magazines covered it. My father was on the train behind the... more
        • Thanks for info!Pat Lofgren, Tue Jan 29 06:26
          Thank you for the information. I was unaware of the Wauseon incident but will investigate the details. For the Sterling wreck I will search the Akron, Cleveland, and Wooster daily newspapers. Does... more
          • Ravenna WreckRick Williams, Sun Feb 3 17:09
            The wreck near Ravenna was EL train 2nd NY100, was running against the current of traffic on train orders when they came upon open switch. Accident happened on Thanksgiving day 1974 or 1975.
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