Coulter, OH Train Wreck, Dec 1946
RAIL WRECK DEAD NOW 19
MANSFIELD, O. (AP) -- The death toll in the Pennsylvania Railroad three-train collision rose to 19 today.
The 19th was EDWIN GENE KRAUTBLATT, 19, a soldier of Chicago, who died in a Crestline hospital of injuries received in Friday's wreck, which caused heavy casualties among some 150 draftees headed home for a Christmas furlough before leaving for Japan.
The injured list totaled 50, also mostly soldiers, for of them in critical condition here. Eighteen others were transferred to the Fort Hayes Hospital in Columbus Friday night, eight by litter. Some were treated for minor injuries near the wreck scene.
One coach of the Pennsylvania Railroad's "Golden Triangle," Pittsburgh-Chicago flyer which plowed into two eastbound freight trains, carried 62 soldiers who left Fort Dix, N. J., Thursday en route to the Army's port of embarkation at Camp Stoneman, Pittsburgh, Calif., with seven days delay en route at their homes, Maj. Cornelius T. Morris of Fort Dix said Friday night.
The "Golden Triangle" piled up on two eastbound freight trains that had crashed a few seconds earlier 12 miles southeast of here at 2:45 A. M. Friday.
Twelve hours later, rescue crews completed their search of the twisted steel cars for bodies, freeing many of the dead and injured with acetylene torches.
Engineer LOUIS PETOSKEY, 55, of Toledo, whose freight rammed another freight train which had stopped because of a broken air hose, denied Friday night a statement by a Pennsylvania spokesman in Pittsburgh that he failed to heed a signal to slow down.
The "Golden Triangle," running at about 70 miles an hour, struck the freight wreckage a few seconds after the pileup which blocked the passenger train's westbound track.
PETOSKEY said he received "clear signals all the way to the crash" and did not know that the other eastbound freight train had stalled in front of him until his fireman, ROBERT E. KEITH, 31, of Toledo, yelled that he saw red flares.
List of the Killed:
E. H. PATTERSON, 44, Canton, O., engineer.
ROBERT KEITH, 31, Toledo, O., fireman.
F. J. HUGHES, Sandusky, O., brakeman.
CHARLES REED, Smithville, O., fireman.
ORDEAN H. BJUGSON, Aneta, N. D.
JAMES LOWERY CHESTNUT, Oaklawn, Ill.
ALVERT W. CHILGREN, of Minnesota.
CLEMENT H. DeBRUIN, Kaukauna, Wis.
CHARLES R. HILL, Grand Rapids, Minn.
BERNARD L. HOPPINJON, of Wisconsin.
DAVID JENNINGS, of Minnesota.
KENNETH D. JONES, Chicago.
WALTER MUELLER, Milwaukee, Wis.
JEROME PANKO, of Wisconsin.
LEO W. PELEKOUDOS, Chicago.
JAMES B. ROBERTSON, Oakland, Cal.
DENNIS L. STEINE, of Wisconsin.
ALFRED WONG, Chicago.
E. D. KRAUTBLATT, Chicago.
Syracuse Herald-Journal New York 1946-12-14