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Police search for stolen "Angola Horror" sign

Posted at 5:34 AM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 09:54:40-04

Officers with the Town of Evans Police Department are trying to recover a stolen historic sign, removed from its pole in the Village of Angola.

The sign marks the site of the incident known as the "Angola Horror," a train accident in which 50 people died and more than 100 others were injured in 1867. Two cars of the train derailed as the train went over a truss bridge. The cars fell into Big Sister Creek and caught fire. The sign reads:

"ANGOLA HORROR"

One of the worst train disasters occurred 600 ft upstream on Dec. 18, 1867. The last two cars of the Buffalo & Erie RR's "New York Express" fell from the trestle, burned, and resulted in 50 deaths and over 100 injuries.

Erected by: Evans Historical Society and the Village of Angola

Officers think the sign was stolen sometime in the last week of September from Mill Street and Gowans Road. They are asking anyone with information on the theft to call the Evans Police Department at (716) 549-3600.