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Sterling train wrreck
Wed Feb 24, 2010 08:23
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The Sterling train wreck, in 1965 I believe, was caused by the B&O going through a red signal. EL train plowed into it and 5 were killed. Tower operator Sherman Hines (EL) was cleared in court of any wrongdoing. When I met Sherm in 1988 he was still working in an old Erie tower as an operator for Conrail at BK Tower near Meadville, PA.

  • train wreck near sterling ohioAnonymous, Mon Nov 3 15:57
    i lived in danfords rental houses when this train wreck happened right in are back yard... quite a rude awakeing saw 5 dead bodies in the back yard cause was man in switch house fell asleep and did... more
    • Train Wreck in the 50'sRandy, Sat Jan 1 20:47
      Can you tell me where the Danford rental houses were? I lived in the big white house beside Sterling Elementary School from 1953 till 1972 and I never heard of them. Anyway, I slept through the dang... more
      • Re: Train Wreck in the 50'sAnonymous, Sun Jan 2 15:24
        dear randy danford rental houses were just down the road from the hub beerjoint.. turn right down a little road down the tracks 300feet or so... the houses were gray i think.. the trains hit headon... more
        • Tower operatorGayle Botdorf , Wed Oct 26 16:00
          My dad was the operator and he did NOT fall asleep. He us 87 now and still talks about the entire hellish event.
    • Sterling train wrreck — Pete Swanson, Wed Feb 24 08:23
      • DanfordsBrenda D, Mon Mar 30 16:11
        I also lived in Danfords rental houses. The trains hit right behind those houses - it was really close to the homes.
      • train wreck sterling ohioAnonymous, Sat Sep 25 08:21
        i happen to have photos of the wreck.jan 11,1965. b&o had 107 cars ande&l had123 cars. b&o lost 3 and e&l lost 2 lives with another injured.i believe it happened at 1am.b&o engine#6940,5466,4521,6438 ... more
        • Pictures of EL crash Jan 65Dodi M, Sat Mar 31 18:45
          I would be interested in seeing these pictures. My grandfather, Don Narney, was the EL engineer
        • PhotosDoug, Sat Dec 24 11:30
          I'm the grandson of the tower operator who was present at the scene of the accident. I'm doing a little research to see if I can find any photos of the accident. Would you be able to send the photos... more
          • photos of 1965 Sterling crashDodi , Mon Mar 30 16:59
            I have been told that the Sterling Fire Department has pictures from the crash. I am going to try and get up there this summer.
          • Re: PhotosAnonymous, Wed Dec 28 09:04
            doug...i will do what i can to get you some of the most important photos of the accident... mike
    • Find a 1974-75 train wreckstephanie, Mon Mar 30 14:48
      Hello, I do not know were to start. Do you know of any train wrecks in Ohio in 1974-75? I was in my mothers belly when my brother and my mom were taken home by my father. My fathers name was Wess... more
      • response to your questiondavid gann, Mon May 11 17:43
        If you will contact your local newspaper they may have the story of the wreck in their archives. just give them as best a date as you can and go from there. You may also be able to contact your local ... more
    • E-L wreckGary L, Thu Dec 25 21:10
      ICC investigation blamed the B&O train crew for being asleep. The operator saw what was going to happen and tried pounding on the side of the lead unit of the B&O train which was travelling at slow... more
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