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Old Steam engine blows up!

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Haas

07-30-2001 04:11:04




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Anybody got any news about the Steam Engine that blew up at the Medina, Ohio Fair??




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Bob Weber

07-31-2001 14:50:29




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 Re: Old Steam engine blows up! in reply to Haas, 07-30-2001 04:11:04  
About thirty years ago the same thing happened in Mitchell, SD. Arnold "Creepy" Janssen (John Deere dealer in Emery, SD) and his son Terry were really the only two people close to the machine at the time (a 1917 Case, 7 1/2 HP), as they were driving it into a parking lot waiting for a parade to start. They were both standing on the back of the rig, and when the boiler blew, most of the steam went down through the bottom of the firebox and witnesses said it lifted the machine 30-40 feet into the air. The pressure did blow off the firebox door, which, although it injured both Creep and Terry seriously when it hit them, it probably saved their lives because it pushed them off the back of the machine. Creep had terrible injuries to both legs, and eventually lost one of them due to the accident. Terry was hit in the head with the firebox door, and was in touch-and-go shape for quite a few weeks. My dad was just driving up to see them, and got there about a minute after the explosion. One stoplight less, and I might have lost him.

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doug

07-30-2001 18:18:44




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 Re: Old Steam engine blows up! in reply to Haas, 07-30-2001 04:11:04  
Newspaper stated that the driver was about to be cited for operating it on a paved street, some ordinance against this. But it didn't say this, but I will... the local police was bearing down on the steam engine crew, they were distracted, it got low on water, due to the detainment and the crown sheet blew, sad very sad



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doug

07-30-2001 18:14:24




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 Re: Old Steam engine blows up! in reply to Haas, 07-30-2001 04:11:04  
Newspaper stated that the driver was about to be cited for operating it on a paved street, some ordinance against this. But it didn't say this, but I will... the local police was bearing down on the steam engine crew, they were distracted, it got low on water, due to the detainment and the crown sheet blew, sad very sad



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JDM

07-30-2001 13:10:54




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 Re: Old Steam engine blows up! in reply to Haas, 07-30-2001 04:11:04  
That is a real sad thing to have to happen to those guys who died,but at least they died doing what they enjoyed doing.Lets all pray for the families of the victims and those who were injured.



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Carl

07-30-2001 09:14:09




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 Re: Old Steam engine blows up! in reply to Haas, 07-30-2001 04:11:04  
we live 40 miles south of Medina- news said 4 confirmed dead 40 injured (mostly burns from steam and oil & cuts from flying metal)...yes, it was a Case



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Milt

07-30-2001 07:51:08




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 Re: Old Steam engine blows up! in reply to Haas, 07-30-2001 04:11:04  
At the 9;00 AM news / 4 were killed and 12 injured. The deaths numbers may increase -- some of the injured may die yet.

Milt



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BTD

07-30-2001 04:42:29




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 Re: Old Steam engine blows up! in reply to Haas, 07-30-2001 04:11:04  
From the photo on the USA Today web site, it was a Case steamer. The authorities were having trouble investigative why it exploded because the local experts were the fellows that were killed. Terrible tragedy this is. I hope my club can still run our Case at our show in September. -BTD



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The Red

07-30-2001 05:06:00




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 Re: Re: Old Steam engine blows up! in reply to BTD, 07-30-2001 04:42:29  
The Indiana State Fair is not too far off. I am sure Fair officials will be discussing this tragic accident and safety around these.



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