Glasgow Junction, KY Railroad Accident, Dec 1872





The south bound passenger train on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad which left Louisville at forty-five minutes past eleven o'clock Thursday night and due here at half past 7 o'clock yesterday morning, met with a serious accident two miles north of Glasgow Junction at an early hour yesterday morning. The train was thrown from the track by a broken rail, and was precipitated some fifteen feet down an embankment. The entire train immediately took fire but was fortunately extinguished, the baggage car alone being consumed.
When the first news of the accident reached the city yesterday morning, there was no little uneasiness manifested, and a general desire to hear full particulars. Reports were immediately circulated about the city of a frightful disaster, and as the news spread, the accounts of the accident were retailed out in the most exaggerated form, the number of deaths from various reports ranging from twenty-six to forty.
About 11 o'clock we interviewed an official and ascertained that the accident, although a bad one, was nothing like as serious as that reported. He informed us that dispatches had just been received, stating that nobody had been killed. Our dispatch from Louisville last night, however, reports four or five passengers killed, the amputation of the leg of another passenger and fifteen persons more or less injured.
We give below the dispatches concerning the accident:

Cincinnati, Dec. 27. - The Chronicle's special says an accident occurred this morning on the Nashville Railroad to the South bound passenger train, which left Louisville at 11:45 last night. The train was thrown from the track by a broken rail, two miles north of Glasgow Junction, the engine and cars precipitated down an embankment fifteen feet. The baggage car was burned, and the entire train took fire, but was extinguished. There were a large number of passengers aboard, most of whom were in sleeping berths. Several persons were seriously injured, but none reported killed. The wounded were removed to Bowling Green.

Louisville, Dec. 27. - This morning an accident occurred to the Southward bound train on the Nashville road, caused by a broken rail. The baggage and passenger car were thrown down an embankment and the baggage car burned. Little reliable information in regard to the disaster is reported.
Four or five passengers were killed. A dispatch from a surgeon on the train reports the amputation of a leg of PETER FOX, one of the passengers, which was crushed in the accident. The disaster occurred between Glasgow Junction and Cave City, about eighty miles from Louisville.

Cincinnati, Dec. 27. - The Times' Louisville special says fifteen persons were injured by the accident on the Nashville road this morning, three seriously.
Since the above dispatches were received, we have been furnished with the following list of the wounded, and their condition.
KING, Express Messenger, bruised about head.
N. R. TERRY, Illinois, hurt on shoulder.
S. E. SIX, Illinois, hurt on shoulder.
C. C. STALLCUP, Mouse Creek, hurt on knee.
All the above were able to proceed, and are on train.
P. FOX, foot crushed and amputated, is at Mr. Owen's near the place of the accident, under charge of Dr. Webble, of the Galt House, Louisville, who thinks he will be able to go home tomorrow.
DEARMAN, conductor, cut in head.
PAT WHITE, baggage master, badly hurt.
It was impossible to save any baggage or mail.
All those reported bruised are very slight.

Nashville Union and American Tennessee 1872-12-28