Castleberry, AL Passenger Train Collision, Dec 1936
THREE KILLED AS PASSENGER TRAINS COLLIDE.
ENGINEERS OF BOTH TRAINS AND FIREMAN KILLED IN CASTLEBERRY CRASH -- PASSENGERS UNHURT.
HEAVY FOG BELIEVED TO HAVE OBSTRUCTED VISION AND RESULTED IN WRECK.
Castleberry, Ala., Dec. 17. -- (AP) -- A southbound Louisville & Nashville passenger train plunged head-on into a northbound passenger train standing in the station here early today, killing the engineers of bth trains and the fireman of one.
The impact gave passengers a severe shock, but none was reported injred seriously.
Both engines virtually were demolished.
The dead were:
Engineer JOE GOREY.
Engineer PHILIP GRIZZARD.
Negro Fireman named BARNES.
Traffic on the L. & N. main line, running from Mobile to Cincinnati, was tied up, and railroad officials, said several hours would be required to clear away the debris.
The officials declined to discuss the cause of the crash, pending a check-up.
John A. Bazemore, of Atlanta, Ga., traveling freight agent for the Virginian Railroad, who was on the southbound train, said the crash of the impact "jolted and woke us, but there was no confusion."
Bazemore was on a Montgomery-Mobile pullman. He said the car was crowded, principally with men, and that no serious injuries resulted to any passenger.
"I don't believe there was a single passenger awake on my car," he said, "and we have no idea of the train speed at the time of the collision, except that we might guess from the wreckage of the two engines."
"The heavy fog undoubtedly obstructed vision of the trainmen. There was no excitement among the passengers, most of whom did not realize anything serious had happened until they dressed and walked up to the engines."
"None of the pullmans or coaches left the rails."
Passenger train No. 3 apparently traveling at a rapid speed, trainmen said, crashed into train No. 2, as it stood at a water tank on the main line. No. 2 runs from Mobile to Cincinnati, and No. 3 from Cincinnati to Mobile. The southbound train was running approximately 3 hours late when it left Montgomery at 2 a.m.
The wreck occurred shortly after 5 a.m.
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