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Lynchburg, Virginia Train Wreck

December 6, 1906


President of the Southern Railway Company Killed.

Lynchburg, Va.
--- SAMUEL SPENCER president of the Southern Railway Company, and recognized as one of the foremost men in the development of the Southern states, and six other persons were killed and eleven more injured early Thursday morning in a rear end collision between two fast passenger trains, the Jacksonville express and the limited, ten miles south of Lynchburg and a mile north of Lawyers depot.

PHILIP SCHUYLER, a retired capitalist of New York, was among the killed, together with other guests of MR. SPENCER.

Of those on MR. SPENCER'S car, only MR. SPENCER'S private secretary, E. A. MERRILL of New York, and one of three porters survived the accident.

The Jacksonville train came to a stop at the crest of one of the heaviest grades on the road between Lynchberg and Danville. If the trains had come together a mile further south if is believed that hardly a person on either train would have come out of the wreck alive.

Ten minutes later the speed would have been upward of sixty miles and hour, and the incoming train, instead of plowing only through President SPENCER'S private car, probably would have gone through the entire train.

Basalt Journal Colorado 1906-12-08

Submitted & transcribed by Stu Beitler  Thank you, Stu!


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