Dawson, KY Freight Train Collision, June 1903





There was a head-end freight collision between two freight trains last night on the I. C. just 500 yards north of Dawson, and one man is missing and several injured as a result of the smash-up. One engine was knocked 100 feet off the track and the tanks of two other engines totally wrecked.
The trains were freights No. 151, engine No. 24, in charge of Conductor J. W. McCANN, Engineer CHARLES UNDERWOOD and Fireman STEINBERG, and No. 196, engines Nos. 1164 and 22, No. 196 being a double-header, in charge of Conductor J. H. FINK, Engineer E. SHEGOG and Fireman TOM GRAMMON on 1164. No. 1164 is a total wreck and was knocked a distance from the track. The tanks of engines 22 and 24 were total wrecks and one car of train No. 196 was totally wrecked. Nine cars of No. 151 were wrecked, the remainder of the train escaping injury.
All enginemen jumped and saved themselves from probable fatal injuries, and the only man missing is ED JOHNSON, a colored brakeman who was on the tank of No. 1164. He has not been found and it is thought he was killed in the wreck and his remains covered by the debris of the wreckage.
Fireman GRAMMON of Louisville is perhaps the worst injured, having a shoulder dislocated and his body badly cut and bruised in several places. Fireman UNDERWOOD of Memphis sustained slight injuries about the head in alighting, his scalp being lacerated in several places. Engineer SHEGOG'S back was wrenched and Fireman STEINBERG was bruised about the body in alighting. Conductor FINK escaped with a slight cut behind the left ear. Engineer MULLEN had a lip cut and several bad bruised about the body, but all came in on No. 121, the accommodation train, having not been too badly injured to walk, except GRAMMON who was kept at Dawson under the care of the railroad physician. He will be brought here as soon as he is able to be moved.
WILLIAM MARTIN, a colored brakeman, jumped and sustained injuries about the lower limbs. His legs were cut by running into a barbed wire fence.
Engines Nos. 22 and 24 locked together and will have to be brought in together. The wreck was one of the worst seen on this division in some time and the loss to the I. C. will amount to a great deal.
The cause of the accident is supposed to lie in the fact that both engineers tried to take opposite switches and neither succeeded. They met while running very fast and the escape of the enginemen and train crews is considered miraculous. Another cause given is that No. 151 was running ahead of time, but the real cause will be determined in the investigation.
The local wrecker was sent out from here last night and is still working on the wreck. The fast Louisville passenger train, No. 101, was delayed many hours, not arriving until 7 o'clock this morning, running thirteen hours late.

Paducah Sun Kentucky 1903-06-24