View full size. The most interesting aspect of the wreck, to me, is the way it was covered in the local newspaper, the Laurel Leader. The paper seems, back in the day, to have had almost no local reporting presence, relying on wire services and pre-packaged feature material.
It has much more local focus today, even though it's now published in nearby Columbia. Six men narrowly escaped death yesterday afternoon when two freight trains of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company crashed in a head-on collision near Laurel, Md. David Ramsey, one of the engineers, was taken to a Baltimore hospital suffering from a broken leg. The others escaped injury by jumping just before the crash.
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Both engines and four freight cars were demolished and the passenger and freight service of the railroad company was tied up for several hours while wrecking crews removed the debris. Commuters between Washington and Baltimore who were unable to obtain a lift from passing automobiles were forced to walk to their destination.
The accident occurred at a crossways near Laurel, where the east and westbound freights met in an open switch. The train crews had hardly jumped to the ground when the heavily loaded freight cars crashed into one another, the eastbound engine being hurled 25 feet in the air.
Wrecking crews were quickly sent to the scene, and emergency telephone connections established with the train dispatcher's office at Baltimore. The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is conducting a study to determine where train stations should be sited along the proposed line. Kus says the study should be completed by the summer or fall of The Housatonic Railroad is working the state of Connecticut to appropriate funds. Kus anticipates a two-year construction period to complete the work needed to establish passenger rail. Patrick is not seeking reelection in His district includes the Housatonic Railroad Company line where the freight accidents occurred.
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