The Weekly Inter Ocean
Chicago Thursday April 5, 1883
A TERRIBLE WRECK.
Terrible Railway Accident In Ohio, More Than
Fifty People Being Wounded.
Eleven Persons Supposed to Be Fatally InjuredScenes
at the Wreck.
SOME MARVELOUS ESCAPES.
Cincinnati, Ohio, March 30,In the woods. a mile south of
Mason, Ky., forty miles from Cincinnati, at 5:30 this morning,
the northbound express passenger train met with a disastrous accident
and its passengers suffered a rude and painful awakening. The
train consisted of an engine, baggage, smoker, ladies car
and two sleepers, one from Vicksburg and the other from Jacksonville.
There is a sharp curve at this point and an embankment forty feet
high. The train was going at full speed when the engineer felt
a rail yield. He instantly applied the brakes and in an instant
heard a frightful crash and saw his train, except the baggage
car, hurled right and left down the embankment For a moment all
was still; then came
SHRIEKS AND SCREAMS
from the wounded and imprisoned passengers. It was just daylight
and the scenes at the wreck were indeed shocking. Of the 120 or
more passengers aboard, while not one was killed outright, fully
one-half were more or less injured, and others, not hurt, were
imprisoned in the car.The smoking car had gone over and over,
and stopped fully 100 feet from the track. Very few were in the
car, and nearly all escaped unhurt. The ladies car, the
most crowded in the train rolled over and over on opposite sides
of the road and stopped with the floor upward. A passenger who
was near the rear of the car when the shock came, says not a sound
was heard from the forty passengers in the coach during the frightful
descent, and when the car finally alighted bottom upward he found
himself in some inexplicable manner near the front door. Every
seat but one in the car had been broken loose and fallen down,
yet this passenger
HAD NOT A SCRATCH OR BRUISE.
Kicking tile glass out of the door he got out, and immediately
set to work helping the others out. By this time the passengers
had found their voices and the screams of terror and cries of
pain were heartrending. The dread of being cremated was added
to the terrors of the passengers unable to get free. Neighboring
people soon gathered, and were prompt and zealous in their efforts
to afford relief. When the passengers were all rescued from the
car it took fire. Two heroic men volunteered to make final search
for the bodies and, at the risk of their lives, entered the burning
car and threw out the broken seats and cushions to be sure that
nobody was left to burn. This they accomplished, and the car was
THE SLEEPING CARS WERE WRECKED
beyond repair, yet there, were fewer severely hurt people in them
than in the ladies car. They were almost hopelessly wedged
into the berths, and were extricated with great difficulty. Residents
of the neighborhood came with all sorts of conveyances, and gave,
invaluable help in removing those seriously hurt. Rain began to
fall soon after the accident, making the work of removing the
wounded one of great difficulty. Two physicians who were on board
were assisted by others from the nearest town in dressing wounds.
The most seriously injured were taken to Williamstown, and the
others came to this city, where they were cared for in the hospital
and at hotels, as they chose.
Mr. J. N. Brown, who was on the train, furnishes the following
list of the wounded:
C. H. Healy and wife, excursion agent of the Lee line, London,
Ohio; both bruised, not seriously.
Wm. Orr, Thomas Orr, and Alf Harris. Harmony, Ind.; slightly cut
in the face and hands.
J. C. Roberts, Cherry Lane, N. C.: badly hurt internally and both
J. Tragin, Cincinnati; hands cut and back bruised.
James Spalding, Port Clinton, Ohio; badly bruised.
Jeff Folger (colored), Montgomery, Ala.; cut in the side and bruised
in the face and arms.
S Alspaugh, Cincinnati - hurt in the leg.
J. E. Mason, Brazil, Ind.; cut in the face and hands.
J. C. Bargis, Richmond, Ind.; cut in the face and hands.
CAPTAIN A. M MDOWELL,
Xenia, Ohio; cut in the head and shoulders.
James Kilton, Sparta, N. C.; slightly cut
James Edwards, North Carolina. slightly cut.
J. A. Sharp, Harmony, Ind.. scratched.
Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Welsh; Mr. W., head and breast crushed, and
Mrs. W. internally injured.
Mrs. M. Costello, Whiteley County, Kentucky, cut in the head and
neck, not seriously.
J. H. Carrich. Pratt, Mo., head crushed and badly hurt
S. Iddings, Lafayette, Ind., bruised in the face, head, and arms.
Sam Lynch, Brazil, Ind., painfully hurt about the face and head.
D. E. Emory Athens, Ga., leg broken.
J. C. Martin, Chicago, Scratched Slightly.
Thomas Allen, Augusta, Ky., leg and shoulder broken; his wife
J. W. Leaver, Boston, Mass., wife and sons. bruised but not seriously.
Mrs. E. Bellumy,. Macon, Ga., scratched and bruised.
.J. G. Cather, St., Louis, face bruised and cut, not serious.
James Tripe, scratched and bruised.
Colonel A. Baritz, Wife, and three children; Mrs. B, cut in the
Mrs. M. E. Platt, Cleveland, Ohio, hurt in the head and back.
Mrs. L. H. Thompson and mother, Saratoga, N. Y.; Mrs. T. prostrated
from the shock; mother not seriously hurt.
Mrs. E. Lovelace, Watauga, Tenn., and three children; one child
cut and bruised in the face; two cut and bruised;
Mrs. L bruised in the breast.
Marshall Caserly, Ulby, Mich.. slightly cut in the face and hands;
Judge J. H. Millett, Newcastle, Ind., badly cut and bruised in
the face; wife slightly scratched.
Mrs. D. Evans and two children, all bruised, not seriously
Dan Halloo, St. Paris, Ohio, bruised in the head and back.
CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.
Superintendent Carroll returned to-night from the wreck, bringing
all the wounded from Williamstown except Mr. and Mrs. Welsh. He
says the accident is not due to a broken rail, but to a slipping
of the track caused by the heavy rain of last night. There had
been a fill at this point a short time ago which the rain had
softened. The rails were stripped from the ties for a distance
of forty feet.
THE FATALLY INJURED.
It could not be definitely ascertained where Mr. and Mrs. Welsh
lived. They were newly married, and are supposed
to have been in Florida and returning to Cleveland. Mrs. Welsh
could only speak incoherently.
The others supposed to be fatally injured are:
Thos. Allen, Augusta Ky.
Mrs. E. Lovell and three children, Watauga, Tenn.
Judge J. H. Mellett, Newcastle, Ind.
Mrs. W. Seever, Boston.
J. I. Mason, Brazil, Ind.
J. H. Carrick, Pratt, Mo.
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