Lakeville, Ohio Train Wreck
BURNED TO A CRISP.
A Fatal Disaster on the Fort Wayne Railroad.
Three Lives Lost and $100,000 Worth of Property
A wreck that caused the death of three men and
resulted in the destruction of property valued
at $100,000 has occurred on the Pittsburg,
Chicago and Fort Wayne Railroad, near Lakeville,
Ohio. The names of the victims are:
engineer, Alliance, Ohio;
HARVEY GALTHOUSE, fireman, Alliance,
Ohio; and EDWARD
MILLER, brakeman, Marshallville,
Freight train No. 93 was running in several
sections, and at Lakeville the third section
broke a coupling, and the detached portion of
the train, consisting of a dozen cars and three
tank cars filled with gasoline, came to a stand.
The conductor and brakeman of the third section
said they at once started back to warn the the
fourth section. They ran for half a mile,
placing many torpedoes on the track. But the
warning was not heeded and the train, running
down grade at the rate of thirty miles an hour,
crashed into the third section, ploughing half
through the detached portion.
As the collision occurred the tank car exploded
with a noise that could be heard for a mile
away, and, the blazing gasoline spreading, the
wrecked cars were soon enveloped in flames.
The three men who were killed were in the cab
of the engine of the fourth section. Their
bodies were burned to a crisp in the flames that
raged for two hours. Oil and gasoline cars,
gondolas loaded with coke and coal and boxcars
filled with merchandise made up the trains, and
all this mass was fuel for as fierce a fire as
ever raged after a railroad wreck.
The flames rolled up for a quarter of a mile
along the track, and night was changed into day.
Awakened by the explosions of the tank cars and
alarmed at the fierceness of the fire, farmers
hurried to the scene of the wreck from every
direction. No one could approach within a
hundred yards of the burning mass, however, and
the charred bodies of the victims were not taken
out for several hours. So intense was the heat
that the bell of the engine to section No. 4
melted and the metal was encrusted upon the
The rails for several hundred feet were all
twisted out of shape and the ties burned.
The trainmen of section No. 3 say those of
section No. 4 must have been asleep. It is
believed, however, the warning was not as timely
as these men claim.
The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1890-03-07
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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