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Randy
Train Wreck in the 50's
Sat Jan 1, 2011 20:47
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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 wreck if you can imagine that. Chet Winkler was Chief of the Fire Department on TV and it showed him being interviewed. It was a big deal and they brought in crews from Chicago to repair the lines and they even had concession stands for all the people gawking. Me included.
Whenever someone asked me where I was from, even to this day, when I tell them Sterling, I always say. "That is 12 miles south of Medina or 23 miles from Akron. Otherwise, the vast majority of people, even many from other towns in Ohio, wouldn't know Sterling.
They did have a great furniture store, Maibach's Furniture Store. The last time I called back there Maibach's had moved to Medina.

  • 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's — Randy, Sat Jan 1 20:47
      • 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 wrreckPete Swanson, Wed Feb 24 08:23
      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 ... more
      • 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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