EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Ping Pong Express suffered a tragic wreck on the outskirts of the quiet Hoosier town. The train, which was inbound from Mooresville, Indiana, crashed about 4:32 PM CST leaving hundreds of its passengers injured. Conductor Rudy Charles was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although no information was provided to the train station, gross neglect and 'terrible game' have been identified as the primary causes. Head train engineer Leo Buttstrum said, "The Ping Pong Express is always running behind schedule. If I had to guess, I bet Rudy was pushing the engine beyond its limits."
The wreck occurred near the 6200
block of Broadway Avenue on the west side of town (right outside Joe's Room). Charles
Engler, a nearby home owner, stated, "I heard a big old bang, and I though it was a jet
crash or something! A bunch of us neighbors ran outside to try and figure out what happened." Engler added, "I was shocked to see all the carnage. That poor engineer never knew what hit him. It was probably for the better."
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