N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

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N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

Post by jwilliam33 » Thu May 07, 2009 9:27 am

A while back, I remember reading an account of a N&W wreck at Wyatt, Indiana where it was suspected that a vandal had thrown a switch, sending a mainline train into a siding. Would anyone know where I could access the article/account? I've tried googling it but had no luck. I think it was a newspaper article. Thanks.

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Re: N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

Post by Gary Berkey » Thu May 07, 2009 10:00 am

The South Bend Tribune did a 30th anniversary article on this crime in November or December 2003. This is the former Wabash 4th District; back in 1973 the line was called the Norfolk and Western Gary District, whicn ran through Wyatt.To this day, neither the FBI or local authorities have been able to catch the person or persons responsible for this tragedy. Four railroaders were killed instantly when the westbound through freight was deliberately diverted onto a grain elevator spur, ramming several grain covered hoppers. Happened the evening before Thanksgiving, 1973. I remember the incident well. You could get on wsbt.com to find out more, Gary.

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Post by Gary Berkey » Thu May 07, 2009 2:49 pm

Just a correction to my previous post. Not WSBT.com, try SouthBendTribune.com, you may have to register to see their archives. Sorry, Gary.

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Re: N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

Post by Notch 8 » Thu May 07, 2009 3:09 pm

Actually the story was in 2004.. http://www.southbendtribune.com/special ... index.html
this was like a 2 part story and yes it was tragic, Its all fun and games till someone gets hurt !
Victor Bard may have more on this story, I wished I would had copied and pasted the story..

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Re: N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

Post by wooden spoon » Wed May 20, 2009 12:02 pm

Just about 8 years prior a huge tornado decimated the town. The imfamous Palm Sunday outbreak.

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Post by Wabash Guy » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:23 pm

The Wakarusa Depot contains newspaper articles from the wreck in a huge book full of info about the line. I believe there are photos as well. Been a couple years since I helped out up there, but I think they are still open every 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month.
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Re: N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

Post by Gary Berkey » Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:28 am

Another correction on my part. Two, not four, as i had previously posted, crewmen died in the wreck. I saw an older article from late 1973 in Extra 2200 South Locomotive Newsmagazine tonight. Two other crewman were injured. The article states that the train rammed six LOADED grain hoppers on the siding. The first hopper sheared the entire cab and hood off from leading engine #2917 (a low-hood former Wabash GP-35), engine #3471 (a GP-7) and engine #649 (a GP-9) were behind the GP-35; these two trailing units slid down the embankment with several trailing freight cars after the impact. 2917 stayed upright, 3471 ended up on its side and 649 remained upright. The train was called X 2917 W (westbound). The wreck occured at 19:00 EST on 11/22/73; the mainline was passable at 15:00 EST on 11/23/73. Please excuse my original inaccuracy on the casualties. Still, a wreck that didn't need to happen!!!!! Gary

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Re: N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

Post by Big Ed » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:58 pm

I remember reading that article on the internet a few years back. Almost made you feel like you were part of the crew...tragic indeed. Too bad it's no longer available (broken link). Hopefully someone out there did save it and could post it again.

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Re: N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

Post by jett37 » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:32 pm

The 2917 was switching the Pioneer track Jan. 24. 1973 by the Downtown Frt. station at Muncie. I also have a slide of it at Danville, Ill. Jan 13, 1973. I have a slide of the 649 at Frankfort, In. 11- 28-1979. Nothing of the 3471. I have 3470 at Muncie (May 4-1976), 3472 at Chicago (Jan. 9-1972), 3473 at Lafayette (6-25-1972).
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Re: N&W Wreck, Wyatt Indiana

Post by RK157 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:14 pm

I know it’s been several years since this topic started, but there’s an article about the courtroom settlement that was reached. Not as detailed as the South Bend Tribune piece, but it does provide some additional insight into the wreck:

https://www.leagle.com/decision/1978715 ... p3d6531613

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