Central Region - Leetonia, Ohio

The following sequence of photos shows the aftermath of a wreck which occured on PC's former PRR mainline at Leetonia, Ohio, on June 7, 1975. All of the photos were taken the following day by Dennis Bydash.

Background

The wreck occured around 1:00 AM on June 7, 1975, in a cut between Salem and Leetonia, Ohio. A westbound local, led by GP40 3020, stalled on the westbound main. A westbound coal train, led by C636 6330, C630 6321, and C636 6336, came up behind the stalled local, ran through a stop signal, and crashed into the rear of the local. Meanwhile, an eastbound freight, led by three SD40s, 6259, 6050, and 6072, came down the eastbound main at 50 MPH as the wreck occured on the westbound main and crashed into the wreckage. Seven locomotives and 41 cars were derailed, with six crew members injured. There was also one death from the wreck--the wreck supervisor died of a heart attack while directing the cleanup effort. Cranes were brought in from Canton, Ohio, and Conway, Pa, to clean up the wreckage. Locomotives 6072 and 6330 suffered major damage, and more than likely were written off the roster.

Photos

thumbnail A view through the trees and the wreckage at the wreck train, led by GP38 7872. (123 K)

thumbnail The remains of the bay-window caboose and a DT&I boxcar which were on the rear of the local. (111 K)

thumbnail Another view of the local's caboose. (130 K)

thumbnail One of the wreck cranes in action, laying new panel track through the wreck site. (115 K)

thumbnail The twisted remains of C636 6330, the lead unit on the westbound freight and the first C636 purchased by PC. Part of the locomotive's fuel tank is seen to the left, along with a fairly intact Erie Lackawanna gondola to the right. (139 K)

thumbnail SD40s 6259 and 6050 from the eastbound train, lying on their sides after the wreck. (127 K)

thumbnail Wreck crews use a group of sidewinders to lift SD40 6259 upright. (135 K)

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