Macon, GA area Train Wreck, Feb 1910


Eight Others Seriously Hurt in Collision.


Thrown Into Confused Heap of Debris. Orangeburg Traveling Man Among the Victims.

Macon, Ga., Feb. 14 [1910] - Five persons were instantly killed, eight seriously injured and a score slightly injured when passenger trains No. 2 and No. 5 on the Georgia Southern & Florida railroad met head-on this afternoon at 5 o'clock, 19 miles below Macon, between Wellston and Bonaire.

The dead: W. J. Yates, Macon, engineer on train No. 5; Flagman A. R. Johnson, Macon; Conductor I. B. Ingalls, Macon, traveling as passenger; Conductor Dupree, of Kathleen, Ga., traveling as passenger; one unknown white man.

Seriously injured: Leroy Fuss, engineer, train No. 2, badly cut on head and chin; Robert Williams, colored, mail clerk, Macon, hurt in back; W. M. Elder, Worth, Ga., bruised in back. W. H. [?] Wheeler, Wellston, bruised about trunk; J. F. [James Franklin "Jimmy"] Blount, Orangeburg, S. C., traveling salesman, painfully hurt about head; George Bernhardt, flagman, painfully hurt on head; W. H. Carson, newsboy, cut on head; Loretta Putnam, colored, badly hurt in head and side.

It is stated that the accident was caused by the crew of train No. 2 misreading orders to meet train No. 5 at Bonaire.

A wrecking train and relief train were sent out from Macon as soon as the news of the disaster reached the head office of the road. The relief train reached Macon at 11 o'clock bearing the bodies of the dead and injured.

Both engines, the mail and baggage cars and two day coaches were completely demolished. The trains were not running at a great rate of speed, but they met on a curve and the engineers had little chance to prevent the accident.

The wreck occurred in a dismal swamp and passengers described the cries of the wounded and dying as most pitiful and heart rending. Several hours elapsed before medical aid reached the scene. Many women passengers bound the wounds of the injured with bandages torn from their clothing.

The body of Engineer Yates still lies buried beneath his engine. It will require several hours to remove the debris so that his body may be extricated.

[from The State (Columbia, SC), Feb. 15 [?], 1910, located by Martha Catoe Peebles, transcribed by Liz Blount]


J. F. BLOUNT SUCCUMBS AS RESULT OF WRECK - Orangeburg Man Injured in Collision Near Macon Dies - Colored Fireman Also Passes Away.

Macon, Ga., Feb. 15 [1910] - Two other deaths occurred today as a result of the collision last night on the Georgia Southern & Florida railroad, 19 miles south of Macon. Those dying today were J. F. Blount, a traveling salesman of Orangeburg, S. C., and James Stevens, colored fireman on train No. 2. Mr. Blount was a member of a prominent family and was to have been married in about a month.

It was reported at a local hospital tonight that A. H. Taylor, express messenger of Nashville, Tenn., would live but a few hours.

[Note: J. F. Blount is James Franklin "Jimmy" Blount, son of Miles Blount and Louisa Taft Blount, of St. George, SC. Report from The State (Columbia, SC), Feb. 16, 1910, located by Martha Catoe Peebles, transcribed by Liz Blount]