Georgetown, IN Freight Train Wreck, Aug 1902

THREE KILLED IN TRAIN WRECK.

TWO OTHERS PROBABLY FATALLY HURT IN FREIGHT ACCIDENT ON THE SOUTHERN RAILROAD.

New Albany, Ind., Aug. 24. -- In a disastrous freight wreck on the Southern Railiway near Georgetown, ten miles west of here, early today Engineer "RED" DUVAL, Fireman B. COX, and Brakeman ROSS of one train were killed outright, and Engineer HARRY GOODALL and Fireman GEORGE MYERS of the other train were probably fatally hurt.
Fourteen box cars loaded with wheat with two locomotives were tumbled over a trestle to a ravine forty feet below and were demolished. All the traffic on the Southern Railway between Louisville and St. Louis has been blocked. Two sections of the through freight were coming east, and the first section, in charge of Conductor WALTER ALVIS, had stopped at Duncan's to switch, leaving a "cut" of cars on the main track.
There is a heavy grade at this point, and by some means the cars broke away and rolled down the track, gaining momentum at each revolution of the wheels. Just as the runaway cars were approaching the trestle the second section drawn by two big mogul engines came thundering over the hill, and the crash occurred a moment later.
The cars piled over the locomotives and all went down into the ravine in a heap. Both DUVAL and COX went down with their engines. ROSS was on one of the runaway cars and was crushed beneath it. Engineer GOODALL and Fireman MYERS in charge of the other jumped and saved their lives, although they may yet die. Conductor A. G. LEWIS and Brakeman JOHN BURNS of the second section jumped and escaped serious injury.
DUVAL had been married but a few days. The loss to the railroad company will amount to about $75,000.

New York Times New York 1902-08-25