Lovejoy, GA Train Wreck, Apr 1913


Five Coaches on Train No. 15 Overturn at Lovejoy.


Joseph P. Hamilton and Parker Newsboy Fare Badly.


Early Reports Brought Intimation of Foul Play - Mrs. J. T. Mathews, of Butler, Sick on Cot in Baggage Car At Time, Suffers No Injury.

Seventeen people were hurt, only two seriously, when Central of Georgia passenger train No. 15, northbound, from Macon to Atlanta, was wrecked one mile east of Lovejoy, 75 miles north of Macon last night at 7.25 o'clock. Five coaches were overturned when the train struck a broken rail while going around a curve in a small cut.

The two most seriously injured are JOSEPH P. HAMILTON, 100 Forsyth street, Macon, and B. M. GORDON, a newsboy for the Parker Railway News company. Mr. Hamilton received an injured nose and a serious wound on the head. The newsboy had his left side hurt and his left hip slightly bruised.

Mrs. J. T. Mathews, of Butler, an invalid, occupying a cot in the baggage car, which was overturned, is said to have suffered no apparent injury.

The Injured.

The complete list of the injured follows:

MISS JULIA POPE, Albany, ankle and foot badly hurt.
MISS PEARL EVANS, Macon, slightly bruised.
A. J. FLOYD, Atlanta, conductor, back badly sprained.
MISS ETHEL SPENCE, Thomasville, nervous shock.
MISS LOULA BROOKE, Chattanooga, nervous and bruised.
MRS. L. E. BROOKE, Chattanooga, shocked and bruised.
MISS MAYBELLE HAWKINS, Americus, bruised.
MRS. H. J. FITE, Gainesville, bruised.
MRS. [illegible] G. HENDERSON, Knoxville, Tenn., bruised.
Two children of Mrs. Henderson, bruised.
JOSEPH P. HAMILTON, 100 Forsyth street, Macon, nose hurt and big hole in head; badly hurt.
MRS. J. T. MATHEWS, Butler, invalid on cot; no apparent injury.
W. W. SCOTT, Atlanta, hip and leg hurt.
R. M. GORDON, newsboy for Parker Railway Service, left side hurt; hip crushed.
PETER TURNER, New York City, knee slightly bruised.
CHARLES NEWMAN, New York City, finger hurt.
ALEX BRYANT, a negro, Lexington, Ky., hand slightly hurt.

Track Dogs to the Scene.

The wreck is believed to have been due to a broken rail, though reports were in circulation that there were indications of train wreckers having been at work. A call was sent to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta and an automobile filled with track dogs was rushed to the scene of the wreck in an effort to track down the guilty parties in case there had been foul play.

Engine Remains on Rails.

Though the train was going at possibly 25 miles an hour and was just rounding a curve in a cut one mile this side of Lovejoy, the engine and the Nashville express car sustained on the rails. The mail car, baggage car, two day coaches and the parlor car left the rails and turned completely over and all were well filled with passengers at the time. How more escaped serious injury and death has not been explained.

News of the wreck reached Macon shortly after it occurred and the local wreck train was dispatched to the scene at 9:20 o'clock last night. Trainmaster Mercer and Special Agents Green and Neighbors accompanying the train.

Relief Train from Atlanta.

From Atlanta a wreck crew and a special train bearing doctors and nurses was rushed to the scene and it was stated that all of the injured would be taken to that city.

The stretch of track on which the wreck occurred, according to Passenger Agent John W. Blount, of the Central, is the best that can be found on the entire Central system. The rails are heavy and it is a favorite place with engineers running between Macon and Atlanta to make up lost time.

No. 15 carries no Pullman, being a daylight train from Savannah. In Macon it picks up a coach from Albany and departs for Atlanta at 5:15 p. m. and is due to Atlanta at 6:10 p. m. Yesterday the train was in charge of Conductor A. J. Floyd, of Atlanta, whith Engineer Harry Swansburg, of Macon, at the throttle.

Conductor Floyd Hurt.

The reports reaching Macon last night were to the effect that Conductor Floyd was slightly hurt, but was able to be up and about the wreck rendering assistance whenever it was needed. Engineer Swansburg was not injured in the least, as his engine remained upright on the rails.

Baggagemaster Alex Moore, of Jonesboro, was in charge of the baggage car, but was not hurt.

Much Property Damage.

The wreck will prove an expensive one to the railroad company. In addition to one hundred yards of trackage being torn up, reports received at the local dispatcher's office last night were to the effect that all of the cars overturned were so badly damaged that they will have to be rebuilt.

The wreck did not affect the return of the party of the Macon High School pupils from Barnesville last night, where they had gone to attend the district high school meet. The coaches occupied by the Macon party were attached to a frieght engine and brought into Macon about 2 o'clock this morning.

When the news that there had been a wreck got circulated through the city last night there were mothers, who kept the telephone in the city news room [illegible]. Their sons and daughters had gone to Barnesville and while they knew they could not have been in the wreck, still they wanted to be sure they were going to get home on schedule time.

The Macon Daily Telegraph, Macon, GA 19 Apr 1913