Hayward, CA Train Wreck, Apr 1980


Hayward, Calif. (AP) -- Two coupled freight trains buckled and derailed on an overpass, sending three locomotives and seven cars plummeting to the road below, and authorities believe two trainmen
were killed in the twisted, fiery wreckage.
Three other persons were injured in the accident Wednesday night.
Two men were thought to be in a caboose that was crushed beneath a 125-ton Western Pacific engine, authorities said.
The three engines, carrying thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, erupted in flames, sending smoke billowing 1,500 feet in the air, witnesses said. The fire spread briefly to a grassy portion of an industrial area in South Hayward, 35 miles south of San Francisco, and firefighters fought the blazing wreck for hours.
"All we know from the people at the railroad is that there were six people on the train," said Hayward Fire Chief Bill Wood. "We've accounted for four. The other two may be in the caboose."
The identities of the persons believed to be in the caboose were not immediately available.

Aiken Standard South Carolina 1980-04-10