Ohio Train Disasters

Ohio Train Disasters

by Jane Ann Turzillo


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In nearly a century of heavy rail travel in Ohio, a dozen train accidents stand out as the most horrific. In the bitter cold, just after Christmas 1876, eleven cars plunged seventy-five feet into the frigid water below. The stoves burst into flames, burning to death all who were not killed by the fall. Fires cut short the lives of forty-three people in the head-on Doodlebug collision in Cuyahoga Falls in 1940 and eleven people in a train wreck near Dresden in 1912. Author Jane Ann Turzillo unearths these red-hot stories of ill-fated passengers, heroic trainmen and the wrecking crews who faced death and destruction on Ohio's rails.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626192584
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Series: Transportation
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 792,644
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jane Ann Turzillo writes about Ohio history and true crime. Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio combines both. She was one of the original owners of the West Side Leader, a large northeast Ohio weekly newspaper, where she covered police news and wrote a historical crime column. She has won several Ohio Press Women awards for fiction and nonfiction and is the author of two historical books on Bath Township and Hudson, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 The Middletown Tragedy 13

2 Death Veiled in Fog 25

3 Terrible Railroad Accident 36

4 Trainmen Plunge to a Watery Grave 40

5 No. 5 Is in the Creek! 47

6 Tragedy Around the Bend 67

7 Train Wreck at Hoodoo Crossing 72

8 Forty-three Sent to a Fiery Death 76

9 Disaster at Republic 91

10 Death in the Dark 102

11 Trapped in a Caldron of Steam 107

12 One of Those Ungodly Freaks 114

Sources 123

Index 125

About the Author 127

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