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TRAIN TRAGEDY

CRASH IN AMERICA Second Engine Telescoped Into Observation Car Rec. 2.30. NEW YORK, Aug. 10. A message from Michigan City, North Dakota, reports it is believed that at least 25 people were killed and more than 50 injured when the second division of the Great Northern Empire Builder train crashed into the first division last evening. Most of the fatalities occurred in the observation car when the engine ploughed into the car. Apparently a hot axle compelled the first division to stop. The crew then attempted to warn the second division. Sixteen bodies, comprising 11 servicemen and five women, have been recovered from the wreck of ■ the Empire Builder, states a later .report. The bodies are so mutilated ' .that none has yet been identified. - Oxy-acetylene torches must be used to free other-bodies., from the "wreckage.' ' -\ . v ;W.7 ; -\,. .>• ,V- ■ When the engine of - tlie ; second division smashed into}, tnev rear:' car ! ot the first division it telescoped the furnishings, the floor and : all but two occupants into a jammed mass. The sides and roof of the car were left hanging round the locomotive A sailor and a soldier in a car realised the smash was inevitable and jumped clear. The soldier was- severely cut.

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TRAIN TRAGEDY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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TRAIN TRAGEDY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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