Pineola, FL Freight Train Collision, Oct 1956
4 KILLED AS 2 FREIGHTS HIT HEAD-ON.
Pineola, Fla. (AP) -- Two Atlantic Coast Line freight trains raced down a straightaway stretch into a headon collision Thursday, killing 4 out of 10 crewmen aboard and injuring 4 others.
Cars immediately behind the two diesel engines piled up and broke into flames after the crash, trapping two of the men inside. Their charred bodies were recovered later.
ACL officials began an investigation to determine the cause of the 6 a.m. collision in this isolated section of the Florida west coast.
The dead men were identified as:
B. T. MARTIN, engineer from High Springs, Fla.
E. W. VAUGHN, fireman from High Springs, Fla.
J. L. PHILLIPS, brakeman from Lakeland, Fla.
W. E. SNYDER, brakeman from Lakeland, Fla.
MARTIN, VAUGHN and PHILLIPS were members of the crew on the southbound freight. SNYDER was on the northbound freight.
The injured men, all on the northbound freight were:
OTIS BRIDGES, engineer from High Springs.
A. H. GOODYEAR, conductor from Tampa.
ROBERT P. TATE, flagman from Tampa.
WILLIAM HARDEE, JR., of High Springs.
"It's a scrambled-up mess," said John Purcell, an ambulance driver for the Garnet funeral home at Brooksville, who took the four injured men to a hospital.
Pineola is 60 miles north of Tampa.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Washington 1956-10-18
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler. Thank you, Stu!