Pottstown Mercury - 3-23-1934 pg 1
Caboose Burns After It Is Crushed Between Engine And Cars Three trainmen, residents of Pottsville, were crushed and burned to death last night shortly after 10:30 o’clock when the caboose in which they were riding collided collided with the rear of a freight train on the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania railroad near Norristown. Norristown. The dead men were F. A. Minchoff. Minchoff. 43, conductor; R. D. Brown, 33, brakeman; C. R. Heffner, 32, flagman. According to witnesses, the caboose caboose was being pushed by a shifter engine. The car was caught between between the engine and the last car of a 40-car freight train which was moving slowly in the same direction. The caboose overturned and the small stove inside set fire to the woodwork. The men, who were badly crushed, were pinned in the wreckage and firemen, summoned from Norristown, Harmanville and Plymouth, were unable to extricate the bodies for more than an hour after the crash. The accident occurred several hundred feet from the Benjamin Franklin highway and passing motorists motorists halted their cars to watch the firemen fight the flames. State highway patrolmen were summoned to direct traffic. Corp. J. T. Budihas and Patrolman Stanley J. Butcavage responded. The engine pushing the caboose was operated by Engineer Charles Kehoe, Pottsville, who was held for questioning.