Coalton, KY Train Wreck, Aug 1920


Members of Carnival Company Killed When Freight Leaves Rails

[Special to The Herald]

ASHLAND, Ky., Aug. 8.--- Two men were killed and eight others slightly injured in a derailment of four freight cars half mile west of Coalton, a station thirteen miles west of this city on the Lexington-Ashland division of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, this afternoon about 1:15 o'clock.

The first car to leave the track was loaded with fluxing stone. This car was followed by three box cars, which were immediately behind it in the train, filled with equipment belonging to a carnival company which was being moved from Olive Hill to Ashland.

The men killed were B. H. "BLACKIE" ABRAMS, of Laurel, Ind., and WILLIAM HAM, of Danville, Ky. They were members of the crew of laborers carried by the carnival company and together with the men injured and several companions were riding in the box cars in violation of the rules of the railroad. Abrams, according to his companions, joined the company ten days ago.The bodies of the dead men were brought to the morgue in this city and the injured men were taken to the Ashland Hospital, where they treated by the railroad physician.

The injured are James Shaw, Wiley Thomas, J. M. Nathan, Jack Burns, John Wilson, Clellan Kinkle, Herbert Hayne and Nick Sangria, whose home addresses are unknown.

The derailed cars and their contents were badly damaged and seven hours of work was required to clear the main line of the wreckage. This work was done by wrecking crews from this city. Passengers from train No. 23, west-bound to Louisville, and No. 22, east-bound from Louisville, were transferred at the scene of the wreck.

The Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY 9 Aug 1920