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Worst California train wreck kills 29
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph caption dated January 23, 1956 reads, "Police, rescue workers remove bodies from scene of crash of commuter train. Arms and legs stuck out grotesquely from wreckage of Santa Fe two-car diesel which turned over in California's worst rail disaster, killing estimated 29 persons and injuring more than 100 others, some seriously. Both cars were derailed and pandemonium followed as passengers tried to claw their way out of windows that were high and small. Police termed accident major disaster and called for all available ambulances and doctors."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Santa Fe Southern Railway Company
Diesel locomotives--California--Los Angeles
Railroad accidents--California--Los Angeles
Accident victims--California--Los Angeles
Crash injuries--California--Los Angeles
Locomotives--California--Los Angeles
Disasters--California--Los Angeles
Police--California--Los Angeles
Debris--California--Los Angeles
Dead persons--California--Los Angeles
Night photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs

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