Sharon, PA & Warren, OH Train In Three Collisions, Dec 1935
ERIE EXPRESS IN THREE COLLISIONS; ONE MAN IS DEAD.
PYMATUNING MAN KILLED, AUTO IS STRUCK; TWO HOURS LATER TRAIN HITS AUTO TANGLE.
Sharon, Dec. 20. - U.P. - A fast west-bound Erie Railroad passenger train was involved in three separate collisions near here in which one man was killed and four automobiles were wrecked.
MICHAEL HEINE, of Pymatuning Township, north of Sharon, was killed almost instantly when his automobile was struck by the speeding train at the main Transfer, Pa., crossing. HEINE and the automobile were knocked 50 feet by the impact. The automobile was wrecked completely. The engineer brought the train to a stop about 400 yards down the tracks.
Two hours later the same train was involved in a freak double collision as it pulled into the Erie passenger station at Warren, O., An automobile driven by W. K. LARGE, of Niles, O., and one operated by J. R. MILLRON, of Warren, O., had collided at a crossing. The two machines were tangled in the middle of the right of way. Just then the locomotive swung around a curve and ploughed into the wreckage.
Engineer Absolved of Blame.
Before the train could be stopped, it crashed into another machine, operated by JOHN BURDOCK of Warren. BURDOCK was traveling east at the time and was running parallel with the tracks. His automobile was struck by a projecting end of the snagged automobile. Luckily, BURDOCK escaped injury, although his machine was badly damaged.
William Emerick, of Meadville, the train's engineer, was absolved of responsibility in the death of HEISE by Mercer County Coroner Dr. William A. Applegate. Dr. Applegate ruled the crash was unavoidable due to a blinding snow storm. He said no inquiry would be made.
News-Herald Franklin Pennsylvania 1935-12-20