Springfield, GA train wreck, Oct 1922


Engineer, Fireman and Negro Brakeman Meet Death When Savannah and Atlanta Freight Train Telescopes Over a Small Testle Washed Out by Last Night's Rains at Springfield, Ga.

Savannah, Ga., Oct. 18. - Three men are dead, Engineer J. R. Graham, Fireman Cecil Cook and a negro brakeman, Ike Campbell, a Savannah and Atlanta freight train was still burning at noon today, following a wreck which occurred at Springfield, the train, headed north from Savannah, Ga., at 1:15 o'clock this morning, when [sic] telescoped over a small trestle, which had recently been washed out by recent rains.

The bodies of the three men had not been recovered up until noon, and there was little prospects of reaching them before late afternoon. The charred remains of Fireman Cook could be seen by the relief workers, but the terrific heat prevented them from coming within any reaching distance of the body.

The Savannah and Atlanta railway sent a relief train out from Savannah this morning, after the wreck was reported. Their efforts at the scene, however, could be of little avail, since the oil from the turtled engine had spread over the water into which the train was dumped, and the flames were leaping high into the air.

The small trestle, washed out, is within a few yards of the Springfield station. Engineer Graham passed through Springfield at an early hour this morning, and it was not known then that the trestle had been washed away by the swelling rains of last night.

The crashing train brought out citizens of Springfield at the early hour, and although they attempted to reach the three men, the spreading flames started by the overturned engine prevented their aid.