Sanford, IN Train Car Explosion, Jan 1907
FORTY DEAD AT SANFORD, IND.
ANOTHER AWFUL WRECK ON THE BIG FOUR SATURDAY NIGHT.
CAR OF POWDER LET GO.
IT HAPPENED JUST AS A PASSENGER TRAIN WENT RUSHING BY.
VICTIMS BLOWN TO BITS.
HEADS, ARMS AND OTHER MANGLED MEMBERS SCATTERED ALL OVER THE SURROUNDING COUNTRY.
Terre Haute, Ind., Jan. 21. -- Since early Sunday morning men have been gathering the fragments of the bodies scattered over the countryside for a distance of 500 yards by the powder explosion which Saturday night destroyed a Big Four accommodation train at Sanford and the ghastly task is not yet done. A car of powdr on a siding exploded just as the accommodation passed by. Of whole bodies twenty-three have been found and eighteen identified. The other five, taken from the ashes of burned cars, are charred beyond posibility of identification.
In addition to these scores of broken fragments of anatomy have been picked up, ranging from the single hand of a child to the crushed and severed head of a man, enough to indicate at least twelve more dead. The full cost of the explosion will not fail far short of forty lives. Officials of the Big Four, who have spent all day at the wreck, admit that the total of dead certainly exceeds thirty. Of those who escaped with lives none escaped injury. In the case of several of these, death is regarded as inevitable.
Dynamite In Car.
Officials of the Big Four think the horror was due to criminal negligence or fraud in packing the car of powder. They are almost convinced there was dynamite mixed with the powder in the car that exploded. The great difficulty will be to prove this, as not a vestige of the car or its contents remain.
Following is the list of identified dead:
H. BLAKELEY, Findlay, O.
JOHN A. BOWEN, Mattoon, Ill.
WILLIAM DAVIS, Vermillion, Ill.
MARY EARHART, Terre Haute, Ind.
JOHN FRANKLIN, Ashmore, Ill.
JAMES FENTON, Sanford, Ind.
FRANK FIELDER, thought to be from Findlay, O.
CHARLES GOSNELL, Paris, Ill.
A. D. HECTOR, Elbridge, Ill.
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