Great Northern Wreck at Marysville, WA 1969

In June of 1969, southward freight train operating to Seattle from Vancouver, BC rear-ended a local on the mainline at Marysville, WA. The local's power had cut off the train and was switching on the siding when the accident occurred. Engineer Joe Haegely and fireman Howard Dearing were killed on the local's power when freight cars and other debris from the wreck smashed off most of the locomotive's carbody. Apparently, the engineer of the southbound train was incapacitated by a prescription drug (the "official" FRA determination), the Alertor system had been cutout, and the train's crew failed to bring the out-of-control train to a stop! The local's conductor was not aboard the caboose during the impact that demolished it! GN locomotives #675 and #725 were destroyed in the crash and other equipment severely damaged. Animated photos are from the collections of Robert J Wheeler and Russell C Johnson, and were taken during the clean-up after the wreck.

R J Wheeler Photos
Robert Wheeler Photos

R C Johnson Photos
Russ Johnson photos

The Local's Crew
Conductor - Duke Durler
Brakeman - J D Smith
Brakeman - Tom Shearstad
Engineer - Joe Haegely
Fireman - Howard Dearing
Freight Train's Crew
Conductor - Al Strader
Brakeman - Ray Clark
Brakeman - Tony Bullington
Brakeman - Hardy Clay
Engineer - John Schlosstein
To read the FRA Report of this accident > Click Here
Photo of #725 from the Dan Bolyard collection > Click Here
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Cascade & Pacific Railway  17504 62nd Ave. W.  Lynnwood, WA 98037    Updated: 01/10/2021