Pittsburgh, PA Train Wreck, Feb 1934
NINE KNOWN DEAD IN WRECK AT PITTSBURGH.
AKRON TO NEW YORK TRAIN PLUNGES INTO DITCH; MANY INJURED.
RAILROAD OFFICIALS ARE UNABLE TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF TRAGIC ACCIDENT.
ENGINE JUMPED TRACKS.
SIGNAL TOWER SMASHED AND BRICK BUILDING DAMAGED BY TERRIFIC IMPACT.
Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 27. -- (AP) -- Nine persons are known to have been killed in the wreck of an Akron-to-New York passenger train here Monday night.
Besides the dead, 40 persons were injured as the train dropped from a bridge to a street below, wrecking a signal tower and tearing away part of a business building.
Twenty-five are still in hospitals.
Railroad officers say they did not know the cause of the wreck.
The engineer of the train was W. M. SHAW, of New Castle, Pa., and O. C. DOUTHILL, of Youngstown, O., was the fireman. Both were killed.
The eighth body found was believed to be that of one of these two men but it was entangled in the wreckage and workmen said it would be some time before it could be removed for identification.
Railroad officials discarded an earlier theory of a frozen switch being responsible and said they did not know what caused the tragedy.
One of the last bodies to be removed was that of F. R. DRAVO, millionaire contracting company head, who had boarded the train only 30 minutes before on a trip to Washington, D. C.