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|Ebensburg Mountaineer-Herald, 9 Aug 1906, Page 2, Contributed by Lisa Baker|
|DEATH TRAP CROSSING|
Two More Killed at Cresson's Murderous Crossing
Cresson, August 3 — Vincent Smeal, of Irvonia, and his son, George Smeal, of Ohio, while crossing the P.R.R. tracks at this place this morning, were struck by No. 11, fast mail, and the latter was killed instantly, while the former died from his injuries in a few minutes. Mr. Smeal and his son were on their way home and the accident occurred on the crossing above the overhead bridge. It is said the engineer of the train failed to blow the whistle as the train approached the crossing. The horses had just crossed the track and the train dashed against the buggy, throwing the occupants out. The elder Mr. Smeal was thrown a distance away and died within a few minutes, while his son was thrown beneath the train and ground to death. The railroaders brought the remains of the two men to this place, where they were claimed by relatives.
The younger Mr. Smeal had just returned home from Ohio to attend a family reunion which was to have taken place at Irvona tomorrow.