Harrisburg Telegraph - 3-22-1934 pg1
THREE TRAINMEN CRUSHED TO DEATH IN LITTLE CABOOSE P. R. R. Officials Begin In vestigation Into Cause For Collision By Associated Press Norristown, March 23. Three Pennsylvania Railroad trainmen rode to their death while seeking rest in a caboose. The caboose, pushed by a loco motive, rammed a standing string of freight cars on the railroad's Trenton - Paoli freight cutoff, about two - miles from Norristown, last night. The trainmen were crushed in their berths and their bodies badly burned by fire which started from an overturned stove. The dead were: P. J. Minchoff, 43, train conductor, and father of eight; R. D. Brown, 33, brakeman, and C. R. Heffner, 32, flagman. All lived in. Pottsville. Charles Kehoe, engineer, and John Safko, fireman, were uninjured; Railroad officials said the stand ing cars were part of a train of sixty cars which had stalled on a grade and been divided. Half of the cars had been hauled over the "hump" when the engine pushing the caboose crashed into the wait ing cars. An investigation was begun bv the railroad officials. They said signals were working properly.