99 years ago in 1922:
• Two more names have been added to the growing list of level crossing victims.
Joseph T. Morris and Glen Steinmetz died of an accident at the intersection of Erie on Quinby Avenue.
The number 6 passenger train, which was leaving Cleveland and was supposed to be here at 3:43 p.m., crashed into a Morris Ford truck, immediately killing the driver and stonemason who was his brother-in-law.
The story of the accident, told by a man believed to be the sole eyewitness to the fatal accident, was told by AP Carter, the security guard on duty at Tod Avenue.
“Suddenly a truck appeared from West Market in Quinby. It seemed to jump right out onto the track, right in the way of the engine. “ Said Carter. “The locomotive pilot hit the truck when the front wheels were roughly in the middle of the route. Parts of the truck were thrown into the air. “
50 years ago in 1971:
• At the February meeting of the Fowler-Vienna Parents-Teachers Association. At Baker Elementary School, a special honor was given to the school nurse, Ms. Margaret Carr, who was selected as “Excellent 1971 PTA Member” for their many years of dedication to the school, the community and the association. Ms. Carr was given a membership pin by PTA President Ms. Joseph Hayes.
Ms. Carr had chaired the PTA’s childcare committee for several years. In addition to her excellent work in PTA, she dedicated herself to all the children she had cared for in the school district. Starting with preschool nursing and vaccination programs that she worked on, she was one “Second mother” to all the children she helped during school.
25 years ago in 1996:
• A broomstick reportedly prevented four inmates from escaping the Trumbull County Jail while attempting to escape.
A report from a county sheriff of Tracy Weir, one of the corrections officers defeated by the escaping inmates, revealed details of how the foursome – three murder suspects and one convicted murderer – tried to escape.
Weir stated that she managed to break free of the handcuffs the inmates had put on her, and then she and officer Steve Sabulsky barricaded her in another area of the cell by closing the door behind them and putting a broomstick through the door handle pushed.
Weir said in her report that the escape began around 6.45 p.m. when she and Sabulsky put mop buckets in all of the cell blocks.
10 years ago in 2011:
• In a winter that had produced more than 90 inches of snow in the Mahoning Valley since early December, drivers struggled again on slippery, snow-covered roads.
First, drivers had to fight their way through a shimmer of ice to open the car doors. In the evening the view was at times drastically restricted, several cars slid into trenches and icy roads caused a rash of fender benders.
The wintry mix of sleet and snow resulted in multiple 711 Connector crashes that temporarily closed the southbound lanes near the Youngstown-Girard border.
Seven cars were involved in an accident in which the 711 connector hits V & M Star’s Interstate 680. A second accident involving four cars occurred near the Gypsy Lane exit.
– Compiled from the Archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Allie Vugrincic.
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