When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois

162.  FIRE LOG 1970       

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PENN CENTRAL RAILROAD ACCIDENT

Fire Log, 1970 
 

May 20-Firemen ask for $50 pay raises

 

September 11- Waukegan Firemen's Assoc. Conference

 

OCTOBER 28, 1970, PENN CENTRAL TRAIN COLLISION

       A very bad train collision occurred at about 4:05 P.M. on the Penn Central Railroad tracks, on the east edge of Charleston behind the Moore Business Forms plant. Two Terre Haute men were killed in the accident. What happened was that two engines pulling a train east out of Charleston piled on the caboose of another train. Fire and great damage occurred. Firemen had to cut the caboose apart with a welding torch to retrieve the bodies of the two railroaders. Firemen had to battle the blaze in the caboose shortly after the collision occurred. The fire was believed to have been caused by the diesel fuel in the engine and stove in the caboose. The firemen were at the scene for a considerable amount of time. The victims were burnt very badly.