|Death: ||Apr. 16, 1967|
Services for Robb A. Barbush, 9, of 40-I Hall Manor, killed Sunday in an accident on the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks in South Harrisburg, will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home at 1334 N. Second St.
The Rev. Dr. James E. Morecraft, pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Paxtang Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday after 9:30 a.m.
He was a 4th grade pupil at Foose Elementary School.
He is survived by his father, Raymond F. Barbush; his mother, Mrs. Sharon P. Barbush, and a sister, Roann D., and two brothers, Rodney A. and Peter J.,all at home; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond F. Barbush, Sr. of Harrisburg; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin L. Essex of Red Bluff, Calif.; his paternal great-grandmothers, Mrs. Elizabeth Barbush and Mrs. Henry Pollock, both of Harrisburg; and his maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Edith Hendricks of Oregon City, Ore.
[Patriot News - April 18, 1967]
2 Boys Die Here Under PRR Train
Two boys were killed yesterday after apparently being trapped between two trains moving in opposite directions on the Pennsylvania Railroad's main line in South Harrisburg.
A third boy was hospitalized with injuries suffered in the mishap.
The victims were identified as Robb A. Barbush, 9 1/2, of 40-I Hall Manor and Garry Lee Hare 14, of 1226 Rolleston St.
The trio reportedly had been fishing with a group of youngsters at the confluence of Spring Creek and the Susquehanna River, near Cameron and Elliot streets, shortly before the accident around 3 p.m.
Witnesses said the boys were along the second track east of the river as a north bound freight train was passing, headed toward the Harrisburg yards.
Investigators were told one had "hopped" a ride on a coal car.
Apparently they weren't aware that a passanger train was coming in the opposite direction at the time.
It is believed that the victims attempted to cross the track ahead of the passenger train but misjudged its speed and were thrown beneath the wheels, officials said.
A PRR spokesman said there were 118 empty coal cars on the freight train, which would be moving slowly through the area as it prepared to terminate its run.
The 10 car passenger train, however, could have reached a speed of 60 to 70 miles an hour after pulling out of the PRR station here, the spokesman reported.
Railroad officials said the engineer was notified of the accident by radio and the train was stopped at Parkesburg for inspection.
Dr. Thomas J. Fritchey, Dauphin County Coroner, pronounced the Barbush and Hare youngsters dead at the scene.
The Barbush boy was the oldest of four children of Mrs. Sharon P. Barbush. He was a 4th grade student at Foose Elementary School.
The older boy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Hare and was a 7th grade pupil at Edison Junior High School. There are six other children in the family.
Their bodies were taken to Harrisburg Hospital by ambulance where indentification was made by members of the family.
PRR and city police conducted the investigation.
[Patriot News - April 17, 1967]
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