First Eye-witness Broadcast
Herald of Feb. 20, 1947
The first eye-witness radio broadcast of the train wreck involving the Red Arrow was given by Wilbert L. Ketner of Henrietta over WFBG, Altoona. The eastbound Red Arrow derailed and went down a 200 foot embankment on the Bennington Curve east of the Gallitzin Tunnel at 3:25 a.m. on Feb. 18, killing 22 and injuring 105. During the following day Ketner made seven broadcasts, including a coast-to-coast report of the tragedy on the Robert McCormick program.
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