"Doodlebug" July 31, 1940 On an average summer day, a passenger shuttle that ran from Hudson, Ohio to Akron, Ohio collided head on with a 73 car freight train. There were 46 passengers aboard. It was the worst crash in Cuyahoga Falls history. SURVIVORS: Thomas L. Murtaugh, Engineer; Harry B. Shafer, Conductor; Tod E. Wonn. VICTIMS OF CUYAHOGA FALLS: Earl C. Clifford, Elmer E. Davis, Betty Fahrney, Mary Joan Fahrney, Lois Helmick, Loren C. Morris, Fred H. Palmer, Joan Schreiber, Charles T. Squires Jr., Nelson Vaughn, Cleon H. Wills. VICTIMS OF OTHER CITIES: Louis Fountain, Cleveland, OH; L.C. Letzkus, Pittsburgh, PA; Adam Ellenbrook, Akron, OH; Wilbur Harpley, Akron, OH; Paul Mckee, Akron, OH; E.W. Gibbons, Endicott, NY; Lois A. Perry, Akron, OH; Albert Johns, Akron, OH; Otto Bedarf, Akron, OH; Sophia Ellis, Akron, OH; Leonard Kirschner, Akron, OH; Fred Howard Duve, Akron, OH; Jacob Henry Peters, Akron, OH; Mary Badonsky, Akron, OH; Williston M. Rice, Pittsburgh, PA; Harry B. Smock, Cambridge, OH; A.J. Bailiff, Akron, OH; Charles W. Frank, Akron, OH; Margaret Logani, Bayonne, NJ; William Schmitz, Mencken, WV; Bruce Kelly, Akron, OH; Ernest C. Durbin, New Castle, PA; Lillian Gilbo, Akron, OH; Charles E. Tarleton, Akron, OH; Albert Burke, Akron, OH; Russell Way, Akron, OH; Nina Kirschner, Akron, OH; Nina J. Morey, Akron, OH; Charles Bilderdeck, Crew; Anastasia Miksa, Pittsburgh, PA; Dolores Simpson, Charleston, WV; Robert Orem, unknown.
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A photograph of the Doodlebug Memorial on Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Also known as Pennsylvania Roailroad's Motor Car 4648, the Doodlebug was a gasoline-powered shuttle train running between Akron, Ohio and Hudson, Ohio. On July 31, 1940, the Doodlebug crashed into a 73-car freight train at Hudson Drive and Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Forty-three passengers were killed when the gasoline tank exploded.
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