Darien, CT Head On Collision, Aug 1969


Darien, Conn. (AP) -- Five persons, including three train crewmen, were killed in a head-on train collision Wednesday night, Penn Central Railroad officials said today.
Firemen and railroad workers labored past dawn to remove the last bodies from the wreckage.
Thirty-five persons were treated for injuries, and three were hospitalized.
One of those killed was the engineer of a commuter train heading north from Stamford.
The engineer of the empty southbound train, EDWARD MAY, 37, of Watertown, was trapped in the wreckage of the leading, electric-powered car for nearly five hours while rescuers worked with crowbars and torches to free him.
MAY was listed in satisfactory condition at St. Joseph's Hospital in Stamford, where many of the injured were treated.
The trains collided about 8:35 p.m. Wednesday.
A railroad spokesman, ROBERT McKERNAN, said it apparently occurred because the three-car train from Stamford had not pulled into a siding off the single track to allow the Stamford bound train of 10 cars pass. Only the shorter train carried passengers.
All 12 cars remained upright but four cars were derailed and two were tilted over the steep embankments on both sides of the rail bed.

The Capital Anniapolis Maryland 1969-08-21