[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0887]

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "A TWISTED AND CHARRED MASS of metal remained after this 1955 model auto crashed into the fourth unit of a four-unit diesel engine of the Dallas section of the Santa Fe's Texas Chief Friday at the Memorial road crossing. The driver, A. Poyntz Haskins, Dallas, Texas, insurance man, was thrown out of the car and his body was charred by the blazing auto." STATE TRAFFIC DEATHS 1956 to date, 360; July, 60 1955 to date, 311; July, 48 "An Oklahoma City, insurance man met a fiery death Friday ... continued below

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Peterson, Dick January 27, 1956.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection and was provided by Oklahoma Historical Society to The Gateway to Oklahoma History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 18 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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  • Main Title: [Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0887]
  • Added Title: A Twisted And Charred Mass

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "A TWISTED AND CHARRED MASS of metal remained after this 1955 model auto crashed into the fourth unit of a four-unit diesel engine of the Dallas section of the Santa Fe's Texas Chief Friday at the Memorial road crossing. The driver, A. Poyntz Haskins, Dallas, Texas, insurance man, was thrown out of the car and his body was charred by the blazing auto." STATE TRAFFIC DEATHS 1956 to date, 360; July, 60 1955 to date, 311; July, 48 "An Oklahoma City, insurance man met a fiery death Friday morning when his auto crashed into the engine of the Santa Fe's Texas Chief stream liner at the Memorial road crossing and burst into flames. The victim was identified as A. Poyntz Haskins, 58, of 1232 NE 16. His age was not determined immediately because his driver's license and clothing was charred by the burning wreckage like a giant blow torch. The fatal accident occurred at 9:48 a.m. at the Memorial road crossing west of U. S. 77 --once a "bloody" crossing until the automatic signal system was installed there five years ago. F. L. Tanner, signal maintainer for the Santa Fe at Edmond said it was the first fatality at the crossing since the signal system was installed. Trooper Bob Blackburn said Haskins was traveling west on Memorial road. He had just passed a cemetery and an outdoor sign advertising Baggerley funeral home when his auto skidded 75 feet and smashed into the fourth unit of a 4-unit diesel engine pulling the Dallas section of the Texas Chief. Haskins' charred body was taken to Baggerley funeral home in Edmond. The impact hurled the auto into a metal switch box beside the track. It then knocked down a pole supporting and aerial line to the crossing signal system and then burst into flames. The driver was thrown out of the car and landed beside the blazing wreckage in a shallow ditch beside the tracks. His body was charred by the blaze before the train crewmen could reach him. Black burn said the signal lights were working at the time of the crash."

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Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection

The Oklahoma Publishing Company, the parent company of many prominent Oklahoma newspapers, amassed a significant collection of photographs that span more than a century. The wide variety of photographs accompanied stories in the newspapers.

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  • January 27, 1956

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Peterson, Dick. [Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0887], photograph, January 27, 1956; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc187021/: accessed December 12, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.