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Jan. 28 in history

11:24 AM, Jan. 22, 2013  |  Comments
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Jan. 28, 1931 - Auto placed on North Western Line: Crashing at 60 miles an hour into a stolen automobile, pushed 75 feet up the track from the nearest crossing, the locomotive of Northwestern passenger train No. 209 five-hour "flier" from Chicago to Green Bay, was derailed south of De Pere shortly after 8 o'clock last night.

The locomotive was undamaged save for a broken pilot, and the passengers were not even shaken up, officials said. It required 40 minutes, however, to re-rail the engine, and it is only by good fortune that the accident was not more serious.

Sheriff's officers, De Pere and Green Bay police, and railroad special agents were searching for clues to the identity of the person or persons who placed the automobile where the train would hit it.

Inspection by members of the train crew showed tracks in the snow where the car evidently had been pushed backwards up the track from the grade crossing.

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