Cohill, MD Train Wreck, May 1913


Eleven Others Injured in Wreck on Western Maryland.

One man was killed and 11 injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon between two freight trains on the Western Maryland railroad on Big Six curve, near Cohill, five miles west of Hancock.

C. E. GEIST, fireman on the eastbound train, of Hagerstown, was killed. Eight trainmen and three train riders were injured. The injured were taken to the Washington County Hospital, Hagarstown.
It is said the wreck was due to misunderstanding of orders. Second Section of train No. 342, eastbound, in charge of Conductor C. C. BRAKE and Engineer L. M. STEVENS, collided with extra No. 755, westbound, in charge of Conductor W. O. MYERS and Engineer J. C. KNISELY. Both engines were derailed.

Nineteen cars, loaded with coal, on the eastbound train were demolished and nine empties of the westbound train smashed. A number of cars rolled down a steep embankment into the Chesapeake and Ohio canal. The fast mail for Baltimore from Elkins, and other trains, were detoured around the wreck over the Baltimore and Ohio via Baird and Cherry Run.

Adams County News Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 1913-05-31