Kiefer collision with house on crossing

Discussion in 'General' started by Sparkler89, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. Sparkler89

    Sparkler89 Member

    I am looking for information involving a southbound Frisco freight train that hit, rather demolished, a house being moved across the tracks in Kiefer, Oklahoma in the mid to late 1960s, possibly early 70s. I witnessed the aftermath. The house mover was operating without a permit. A man was sitting atop the house to move electrical and telephone wires. They said he scampered down in record time. Although the train was travelling at a reduced speed it still reduced the home to toothpicks and bent the I-beams under the house in half. The engineer called in and told dispatch, "You ain't going to believe this but I just ran through a house." There were no injuries, however two or three engines derailed. It was quite a sight.
    I would like any information, photographs, and to know if there are any other witnesses in this group. The incident was covered in the Sapulpa Herald.
  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Yea that's sumthin you don't see everyday.
    Hope that mover had insurance. That particular move cost them some $$$
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  3. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    LOL -- Would love to have seen the look on the dispatcher's face!
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  4. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Not bloody likely. :) I can't imagine any reasonably prudent underwriter who hopes to keep his or her insurer solvent touching that risk with a ten-foot pole.

    The engineer mustv'e thought he was hallucinating before realizing it really was a house.
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