Covington, KY Train Accident, July 1920

Brothers' Greetings Bring Death to Both!

Train Lurch Finds Men On Car Off Guard and They Fall Under Wheels.

Special to The Courier-Journal dated Wednesday morning, July 28, 1920

Covington, Ky., July 27 - The exchange of greetings during their first meeting as members of the same switching crew in the C. & O. Railroad yards in Covington proved fatal Tuesday morning for two brothers, Bernard Rusche, 23 years old, and Joseph J. Rusche, 28.

Within half an hour of the time they were to have been relieved of duty, the brothers chanced to meet on the top of a cut of box cars in the Covington yard.

They paused for a moment in the midst of their duties to speak to one another. Just then the engine attached to the cars unexpectedly started forward. The brothers, off their guard, were thrown from the car by the lurch and fell under the moving wheels.

Besides other injuries the legs of each of the brothers were cut off. The victims were hurried to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where they died within a short time of one another.

Find A Grave Memorial# 62404993 - Bernard

Find A Grave Memorial# 62405087 - Joseph