Marysville, WA Train Wreck, June 1969

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Marysville, Wash. (AP) -- "The ground shook like a real earthquake .. it seemed like all hell was breaking loose." That was the description of a train wreck here in which two men died and two were injured.

A speeding 35-car Great Northern freight slammed into a standing caboose and three boxcars shortly before 4 a.m. in a crash which resounded through a large section of this city near Everett.
More than a score of freight cars, all empty, were strewn in a shattered jumble, two engines were wrecked, the frame depot was nearly demolished and 330 feet of main line track was torn up.
The two men killed were manning a switch engine on a siding next to the standing cars. Wreckage smashed into the diesel locomotive and ripped off the superstructure.

The engineer, JOE HAEGLEY, 42, Seattle, and fireman, HOWARD DEARING, 27, Marysville, died on the spot.

JOE SCHLOSSTEIN, 66, Seattle, engineer of the freight southbound from Vancouver, B.C., escaped with minor injuries but HARDY CLAY, 22, Seattle, a brakeman, was hospitalized in "poor" condition with spinal injuries.

Lethbridge Herald Alberta Canada 1969-06-07