6. The City of San Francisco Incident

Photographer: Unknown

Year: January 1952

Location: Emigrant Gap, California

Casualties: 2

Passengers aboard the City of San Francisco, a Southern Pacific steamliner riding through California, were much luckier than their ill-fated peers aboard the train in Wellington when their ride was also buried in a massive avalanche. Although they were stuck on board for three days, all 226 passengers and crew were spared. Two of the heroic rescuers died, one in another avalanche that struck as he approached the scene with a plough, and the other of a heart attack from laboring in the heavy snow and winds that stormed as rescue efforts proceeded.