Bedford Junction, IN Train Falls Through Trestle, Apr 1896
RESULT OF A BRIDGE ACCIDENT ON THE BELT RAILROAD.
Louisville, Ky., April 13. -- A special to the Times from Mitchell says:
Five men were instantly killed and two others so badly hurt that they will die before night, in a bridge accident, half a mile from Bedford Junction, on the Belt Railroad, on which stone from the Bedford Junction quarry is transferred from one road to another. At 9 o'clock this morning the train broke through the trestle.
The dead are:
CHARLES OGDEN, conductor.
SHERMAN CARPENTER, fireman.
The train consisted of an engine and two gravel cars and was running at a high rate of speed at the time of the accident. While passing over what is known as the Standard trestle, the last span from the direction of Bedford collapsed. The locomotive was at that time beyond the trestle, and had it not been pulled from the track by the weight of the cars behind it, the men on the engine would have escaped. As it was the two cars went down with the trestle in a ditch 75 feet deep, and the engine puled backward in spite of the momentum of the train, rolled over and plunged down an embankment 75 feet high. All the men who were on the train were employees of the road and were engaged in ballasting the track. The breaking of the trestle will block the road for several days.
CHARLES DAVIS, one of the injured, died this afternoon and Engineer MENSENER is not expected to survive long.
Salt Lake Herald Utah 1896-04-14