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Terrible accident near Christmas

December 6, 2013
By HOWARD RILEY ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Train accidents used to be a fairly common happening in Saranac Lake. On a very cold winter day my friend, the late Ed LaPoint, and I saw a train hit a milk truck at the Pine Street crossing. At that time there were a lot of milk trucks, going to all the cure cottages every day, and there were even more trains coming and going. Leon Cherrier was driving a Donnley's milk truck when the accident happened. The only signal at the crossing was a bell with a light dinging noise that was hard to hear in a closed truck and the defrosters in those old vehicles didn't clear the windows very well.



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