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[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.B0052.0887]

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.B0052.0971]

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.B0052.0912]

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.B0052.0889]

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.B0052.0906]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "CRUSHED PICKUP in which a Kingfisher man was killed Thursday rests on the Santa Fe tracks near the 5500 block S High after it was struck by a passenger train."
Date: December 12, 1963
Creator: Traverse, Austin
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0907]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "WRECKAGE OF THE CAR in which Delmer Abner Saindon, 55, of Shawnee died Tuesday night is shown beside the Santa Fe railroad north and west of Shawnee. Trainmen said they saw the Saindon car approaching but thought it was going to stop. The vehicle struck the first car back of the engine and flipped over, Saindon, thrown out of the car, was dead on arrival at a Shawnee hospital. He was state fatality number 725 for the year."
Date: December 18, 1963
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.B0052.0908]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "FRIDAY, THE 13TH, brought no jinx to two young Oklahoma City men. They walked away from this battered car after it struck a train in the 500 block Ann Arbor. Brian Adair, 18, of 1133 NW 88, and Jim Bostick, 19, of 4845 NW 10, were treated at St. Anthony Hospital for minor bruises and released. Adair said he did not see the train until too late to stop on slick pavement."
Date: December 13, 1963
Creator: Albright, Bob
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0976]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "CAR STRADDLES TRACKS at NW 13 and Santa Fe where Don Lloyd Hansen, 67, of 4028 NW 14, apparently suffered a heart attack when the car he was driving struck a Santa Fe freight train Tuesday afternoon."
Date: November 9, 1976
Creator: Klock, Roger
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0874]

Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Broken ties and rails lie beneath wayward cars of a southbound freight train which derailed Wednesday night at Witcher crossing near NE 122 an Sooner Road. There were no injuries."
Date: April 8, 1971
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.B0052.0969]

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