Calera, AL Multiple Train Collision, June 1890
NOVEL ACCIDENT ON A SOUTHERN RAILWAY IN WHICH ONE PERSON WAS KILLED AND SEVERAL INJURED.
ONE COLLISION OPENS THE THROTTLE OF A LOCOMOTIVE AND CAUSES ANOTHER.
Birmingham, Ala., June 24. -- One person was killed and several badly injured on the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia road at Calera Sunday morning by an accident which happened in a very peculiar manner. The engine of a passenger train had been detached from the cars and started for a coal chute three-fourths of a mile away, leaving the cars standing on the track. The engine had gone but a short distance when the engineer saw a freight train coming down the track toward him. The engineer seeing that a collision was inevitable reversed his engine and shut off steam.
He then jumped from his engine, closely followed by his fireman. The freight engine struck the passenger engine with full force and the collision opened the throttle of the passenger engine which without any occupants, started back toward the train. It was going forty miles an hour when it struck the passenger train. An express car and a passenger coach were completely wrecked. A negro nurse employed by O. M. Reynolds was instantly killed, the infant of Mr. Reynolds severely injured. MRS. ABNER BITHER, wife of the conductor of the train, badly hurt and several other passengers more or less bruised.
Alton Telegraph Illinois 1890-06-26