Altoona Tribune - 3-23-1934 pg1

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Altoona Tribune - 3-23-1934 pg1 - Three Killed In Freight Crash At Norristown P....
Three Killed In Freight Crash At Norristown P. R. R. Trainmeu Crushed, Burned To Death As Caboose Collides With Standing Train NORRISTOWN, March 22 If) Three Pennsylvania railroad trainmen were killed tonight in a collision of a caboose with a standing freight train. The dead: Fr C. Minchoff, 43, conductor; R. D. Brown, 33, the brakeman, and C. R. Heffner, 33, flagman. All lived in Pottsville., Pushed by a shifting engine, the caboose rammed into a string of standing freight cars on the railroad's Paoli-Trenton cut-off, about two miles from Norristown. The splintered caboose was fired by live coals from a shattered stove and the Hralnmen's bodies were badly burned. The victims were members of a crew bound from Paoli to the freight yards at Whitemarsh. to make up a train of empty coal cars for Harrisburg. - The engineer of the shifting engine, Charles Kehoe of Pottsville, and the fireman, John Safko, escaped injury. Railroad officials said the standing freight train, a "local" which had been traveling in the same direction as the shifting engine, stalled on a grade and the train of more than 60 cars was divided in half. (Continued on Pare 14)

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  1. Altoona Tribune,
  2. 23 Mar 1934, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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