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[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0887]

Description: 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 ...
Date: January 27, 1956
Creator: Peterson, Dick
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0889]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "TWO WERE KILLED when a Santa Fe passenger train hit this car at the SE 44 crossing Monday night. Johnny Weldon Kelly, 20, of 1160 Carter Drive, Del City, was dead on arrival at Mercy hospital. A companion, Donald Ragland, 19, of 2300 S Phillips, died later. Another passenger, Clifford Edward Hansen, 18, of 623 SE 49, was hurt. The southbound train knocked the car more than 100 feet."
Date: January 19, 1959
Creator: Albright, Bob
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0896]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "A MAN DIED when this car was knocked into a deep creek bed by a freight train at NW 50 and Santa Fe. The body of Emory Stager, 31, of 1620 N Britton road, was found on the bank of the creek several feet from his mangled auto."
Date: February 8, 1957
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0886]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "OFFICER'S FAMILY DUCKS DEATH IN CAR-TRAIN CRASH A city policeman's wife and 3-year-old son escaped serious injury Friday when their car, shown at the edge of a ditch, was struck by a freight train at the SW 29 and Portland crossing. The caboose of the train, en route to Lawton, also is shown."
Date: March 4, 1955
Creator: Tapscott, George
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0882]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Calvin Thomas, 19, of 127 SW 28, sadly surveys the family auto, which was smashed Sunday night by a train in a nightmarish accident. CAR DIES ON RAILS; BOY SAFE, CITY YOUTH CAUGHT IN REAL NIGHTMARE AS TRAIN STRIKES If you've ever had a nightmare of being stalled on railroad tracks in front of a onrushing train, you can sympathize with 19-year-old James Calvin Thomas of 127 SW 28. It happened to him Sunday night -- only it wasn't a dream. Young Thomas escaped injury when a northbound Santa Fe Train smashed his family's car, a new 1955 model, on the grade crossing at SE 29 and Shields. "It was just like a nightmare to sit here trying to start the car and watch that big engine getting closer," he said. CAR ENGINE STALLS, James, a Moore high school graduate who moved to Oklahoma City with his family last year, was going west on SE 29 when the accident occurred. "Just as my front wheels hit the tracks," the youth recalled, "the warning light started to blink. I jumped on the brakes and the engine died with the car right across the tracks." "The train was about a block away and I kept trying to start the car until it got pretty close. Then I jumped out and started waving my arms."
Date: November 7, 1955
Creator: Tapscott, George
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0890]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "THREE ESCAPED ALIVE though seriously injured Thursday when this auto and a Rock Island Freight train collided at the Post road crossing six miles east of Oklahoma City. Highway patrol trooper Fred Rogers said the car skidded 165 feet, turning completely around, before hitting the fourth car of the fire-car train. The driver, J.D. Vinson, about 35, of Choctaw, suffered fractures of both legs. His wife, Betty Lou, 22, suffered a broken leg and a back injury, while their 18-month-old daughter, Debra Jo, suffered a head injury."
Date: November 20, 1959
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0894]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "TRAFFIC DEATHS 1959 to date, 22; January, 22. 1958 to date, 26; January, 26. Two youths were killed and a companion injured, Monday when their automobile stalled and was struck by a Santa Fe passenger train at the SE 44 street crossing in Capitol Hill. Dead on arrival at Mercy hospital was the driver of the car, Johnny Weldon Kelly, 20, of 1160 Carter drive, Del City. Donald Ragland, 19, of 2300 S Phillips, died later. Also injured was Clifford Edward Hansen, 18, of 623 SE 49. R. C. Rogers, engineer on the Santa Fe local, told police accident investigators L. A. Gramling and L. R. Edwards the automobile paused momentarily before being driven across the right of way, then darted forward and stalled. The vehicle was knocked more than 100 feet and demolished. Hansen Thrown Clear Rogers said the train had just left the Santa Fe downtown station and was traveling about 50 miles an hour. The impact knocked the right door open and Hansen was thrown clear of the wreckage. Hansen told officers at Mercy hospital he and his two companions were en route to a dance in Midwest city. Hansen said door handles on the both sides of the two door sedan were broken off. He said Ragland kept "a small wrench in the car to open the door on the driver's side." "I tried to get out when the car stalled but was unable to reach outside to get a hold of the door handle," he told officers. Tulsan Killed Also A witness to the accident told officers the automobile flew through the air for nearly 75 feet and landed in a ditch."
Date: January 19, 1959
Creator: Albright, Bob
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0895]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "SHOES MEANT to dance lie forsaken in the twisted wreckage of a car that carries two young men to their deaths Monday night when it was struck by a Santa Fe passenger train at SE 44, Johnny Weldon Kelly, 20, of 7160 Carter dr., Del City, the driver, was killed instantly, and Donald Ragland, 19, of 2300 S Phillips, died in a hospital. A third occupant, Clifford Edward Hansen, 18, of 623 SE 49, escaped with minor injuries. The men were en route to a dance in Midwest City when their car stalled on the tracks."
Date: January 19, 1959
Creator: Albright, Bob
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0884]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "CAR SPLATTERED IN FATAL CRASH WITH TRAIN HERE, A broadside collision with a Diesel freight engine Friday midnight left this twisted remnant of a 1953 sedan at the Rock Island tracks on Portland. The driver, Don Arlo Lauderdale, 25, of 4241 NW 13, was thrown 51 feet and killed. Impact gutted the car's mechanism, tossing the motor 66 feet away."
Date: January 8, 1955
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0900]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "THIS DEMOLISHED automobile carried an Oklahoma City man to his death east of the city early Tuesday morning. George O. Enger, 59, of 615 NW 52, a Tinker field industrial auditor, died in Mercy hospital two hours after his late model car was struck by a Rock Island passenger train at the Air Depot road crossing." Train Rains, Kills Cityan, State Traffic Deaths 1956 to date, 623: December, 7 1955 to date, 537; December, 6: "A Tinker field industrial auditor, George O. Enger, 59, of 625 NW 52, was killed Tuesday morning when his late model automobile was struck by a Rock Island passenger train at the Air Depot road crossing east of the city. Trooper Pat Walsh said Enger was traveling south on Air Depot road about 7:15 a.m. when his auto was struck broadside by the passenger train. The car was demolished. Trooper Walsh said it looked like it had "exploded." The automobile was knocked to the south of the tracks into a ditch and Enger's body landed 10 feet away. He was taken to Mercy hospital suffering multiple injuries and died at 9:10 a.m. The automobile was so completely shattered, two trucks were required to haul the wreckage away. James D. Bellah, 17, of 506 W Rickenbacker drive, Midwest City, told Trooper Walsh he was driving behind Enger and thought the victim had cleared the tracks ahead of the train. Bellah said he applied his brakes, skidded into a sign post and narrowly missed striking the train. Engineer of the train was H. C. Hight, Shawnee."
Date: December 4, 1956
Creator: Peterson, Dick
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0885]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "CAR SPLATTERED IN FATAL CRASH WITH TRAIN HERE, A broadside collision with a Diesel freight engine Friday midnight left this twisted remnant of a 1953 sedan at the Rock Island tracks on Portland. The driver, Don Arlo Lauderdale, 25, of 4241 NW 13, was thrown 51 feet and killed. Impact gutted the car's mechanism, tossing the motor 66 feet away."
Date: January 8, 1955
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0888]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "WOMAN IS INJURED AS TRAIN HITS CAR, A Santa Fe freight train smashed into this stalled automobile at SE 29 and Shields Monday morning, injuring Mrs. Oda May Hardin, a passenger in the car. The driver, Earl Mays, 61, of 1400 SE 30, Leaped to safety just before the train hit the vehicle. Mrs. Hardin, who wasn't so agile, was trapped inside the car as the train smashed into it and dragged it 77 feet across the intersection. At Capital Hill hospital, Mrs. Hardin was being treated for a broken leg and shoulder injuries. Mrs. Hardin, 60, lives at 1419 SE 31. She is shown at right with Mrs. A. L. Messic, nurse."
Date: November 25, 1957
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society