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[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.B0052.0875]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "A Frisco worker surveys damage to 10 derailed freight cars northeast of Jones. James Chesmore jr., driver of an auto which crashed into a Frisco train Thursday near Warwick, died shortly after noon in an Oklahoma City Hospital. WARWICK -- A car-train crash just west of this Lincoln County town Thursday morning sent a 28-year-old Cushing man to McBride Clinic in Oklahoma City in "critical" condition. An automobile driven by James Chesmore jr. hit a single unit Frisco Railway work train rushing from Tulsa (another Picture, Page 17.) to near Jones where another Frisco train had derailed earlier. Ten cars of a Memphis bound Frisco freight train jumped the track at 6:25 a.m. Thursday two miles northeast of Jones. No injuries were reported in the derailment. The work train was delayed by the crash at Warwick. The derailment halted use of the Oklahoma City-to-Tulsa portion of the track. The wreckage was expected to be cleared by late afternoon."
Date: March 21, 1968
Creator: Taylor, Robert
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0909]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "CANVAS COVERS the wall that until Monday night, kept the winter cold off patrons at Geno's Bar, 3000 Paseo, Vabrien Weidey Walta, 632 NE 50, was trying to park in front of the bar when his brakes apparently failed and he crashed into the front of the building. No one was hurt, but Walt's nose was cut."
Date: December 17, 1963
Creator: Traverse, Austin
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0969]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Crash of a southbound Santa Fe train into an auto killed one man and did this to the car Monday in Oklahoma county's seventy-second traffic fatality this year. The car, struck, at the Ninth street crossing, was carried nearly a block. O. P. Smith, employe of Greenlease-Moore, Inc., occupant of the car, died before arriving at the hospital."
Date: November 23, 1936
Creator: Allred, G. R.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0973]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "TWO INJURED Two Oklahoma City women were injured Friday when their car was struck by a train at NE 10 and Santa Fe and shoved a half-block, police said. Mary Ann Clay, 58, of 2725 NE 17 and Lenora Brarnon, 74, of 1517 NE 47 were listed in stable condition in Presbyterian Hospital after the accident. Mrs. Clay, the driver, apparently failed to see the train when she drove around automatic barricades, said train engineer L.R. Kenndey. Wrecker crews remove the automobile."
Date: May 4, 1979
Creator: Hoke, Doug
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.B0052.0975]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "ACCIDENT SCENE, Onlookers view the scene where a pickup truck was sliced in two by a freight train near NW 96 and Western in Oklahoma City Monday. Virgil D. Russell, 70, of 317 NW 95, was killed in the collision. Police said his westbound truck pulled onto the Santa Fe tracks but was unable to clear the crossing before being struck by the train."
Date: March 30, 1980
Creator: Klock, Roger
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.B0052.0900]

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.B0052.0887]

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.B0052.0885]

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.B0052.0972]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "A Oklahoma City man was killed near NW 96 and Western this morning when a freight train sliced his pickup truck in two. Virgil D. Russell, 70, of 317 NW 95, was dead on arrival at Baptist Medical Center about 8:15 a.m. Police said the westbound truck pulled onto the Santa Fe tracks and was unable to clear the crossing before the southbound freight hit it."
Date: March 30, 1980
Creator: Klock, Roger
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0911]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "CARS GET BOUNCED around by switching freight train that "ran out of track" and plowed across the 1500 block of S May Thursday night. No one was hurt but six cars in a driveway were wrecked by the runaway train."
Date: March 28, 1963
Creator: Foster, Ray
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.B0052.0971]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "BATTERED car sits in ditch near railroad crossing in 300 block of SE 36 in Oklahoma City after it was struck broadside by northbound Santa Fe railroad train. Driver Vikki Ranae Key, 22, of Minneapolis, Minn., suffered minor head, shoulder and back injuries when she drove into the train's path, police said. She had waited for a southbound train to pass, then proceeded over crossing before seeing the northbound train about 4:15 p.m., police said."
Date: October 15, 1975
Creator: Etheridge, Robert
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0879]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "WRECKED TRUCK lies at scene of fatal wreck east of Edmond Friday afternoon. Mrs. Judith Ann Powell, an occupant of a compact car which collided with the big trailer-truck, was killed. Another occupant of the car, Mrs. Rosanne Conn, and the truck driver, Roger Freeman, escaped serious injury although Freeman was trapped in the overturned cab for more than a hour."
Date: November 20, 1971
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0880]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Investigators check scene of fatal car-train accident in Ardmore Friday. STATE TRAFFIC TOLL 1971 to date 788, 1970 to date 794. 71 deaths under 21: 236, An Ardmore woman was killed Friday afternoon when her car collided with a Santa Fe Railroad engine in the city limits of Ardmore. Dead is ADALEE EMMA TUCKER, 63, Ardmore. Mrs. Tucker, a waitress at Lake Murray State Lodge, was pronounced dead on arrival at an Ardmore hospital. Ardmore police said her car drove in front of the northbound Santa Fe freight. B. A. Shawn, 46, Lone Grove, a witness to the accident, said the train was whistling when Mrs. Tucker's car drove onto the tracks, but it was only about 25 feet away. Mrs. Gale Tucker, the victim's daughter-in-law, said, "there are no signal lights, no blinkers or anything to warn that there is a train coming. There is hardly any way you can hear if you have the windows up."
Date: December 18, 1971
Creator: Pitts, Robbie
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0912]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "DEMOLISHED AUTO sits in the path of a Rock Island train in the 2200 block W Reno. The driver, Charles Howell, 3917 SW 27, was critically injured late Thursday afternoon when the train hit the car."
Date: May 9, 1963
Creator: Foster, Ray
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