Atwater, OH Train And Truck Collision, May 1956
3 KILLED AS FLYER HITS TRUCK, COACHES PLOW INTO FARM BUREAU MILL.
ALLIANCE AREA ACCIDENT SEES SEVERAL INJURED.
PENNSY'S 'STEELER' DOING 70 Mph. WHEN PASSENGER CARS DERAIL.
Alliance (AP) -- A speeding passenger train hit a truck in nearby Atwater today, hurtled off its tracks and smashed a frame feed mill to bits.
At least three men were killed. At least seven other persons were injured, including some of the train's 60 passengers.
Acetylene torches were used to cut away a portion of one of the overturned cars and free the passengers inside.
The diesel engine, the baggage car and all four passenger cars of the train -- the Pennsylvania Railroad's Pittsburgh to Cleveland "Steeler" -- were derailed.
Wreckage strewed the area from the crossing of U.S. 224 to the demolished mill about 500 feet away. The "Steeler" had been doing 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
J. G. French of Rochester, N.Y., the flagman on the train, said the collision with the truck "cut the air lines to the brakes, and the train was out of control from there on."
The track runs in a hollow beside the mill, and the train's baggage car shot up the bank and into the one-story frame building housing the mill and offices of the Portage County Farm Bureau.
Only the front door of the mill and a small section around it was left standing. The rest of the building fell on the baggage car which witnesses said could not be seen for wreckage.
One of the three persons killed, ARTHUR FISHER, about 50, of Pittsburgh, was decapitated by a rail. FISHER was a brakeman.
CHARLES E. FOUSER, 41, of Atwater an employe of the mill, died as the train reduced the mill to rubble.
The truck driver, ANDREW NAPPI, 27, of Akron, was the third person killed. His truck was ripped to pieces, its general consignment cargo including everything from felt hats to paint, was scattered.
NAPPI, an employe of an Akron trucking firm, was on his way from Akron to Harrisburg, Pa.
Ambulances took the injured to hospitals in Ravenna to the north and Alliance to the south.
Injured taken to the hospital in Ravenna included:
DELORES LA GRAHAM, Pittsburgh, Pa.
C. R. RUSSELL, Pittsburgh, Pa., both passengers on the train.
JUDITH MAY, of Atwater.
WALTER BLOCKENBERGER, of Atwater.
GERALD DAVIS, of Atwater.
JOHN LANCE, of Atwater.
Van Wert Bulletin TImes Ohio 1956-05-28