Columbus, OH Train Wreck, June 1907

BIG FOUR TRAIN WRECK.

ONE OF THE FASTEST TRAINS ON NEW YORK CENTRAL WENT THRU OPEN SWITCH AT COLUMBUS, O.

MANY PASSENGERS ARE INJURED.

Columbus, O., June 18 -- Big Four passenger train No. 19, one of the fastest trains on the New York Central lines, went thru an open switch today in the northern part of the city and is now lying on its side along the tracks. Several passengers were injured. Several of them are wondering how they escaped being instantly killed.
The train was rushing along according to one of the passengers at fifty miles an hour when it struck the switch throwing the passengers in every direction.
The tender of the engine ran along the side of the track for some distance and then plunged into the ground about twenty-five feet. The engine continued along the side of the track for 200 yards and then turned over as did the rest of the train.
Engineer WILLIAM T. SMITH remained at his post and was uninjured. His fireman, JOSEPH MAHAFFEY of Cleveland, jumped and was probably fatally injured.

Sleepers Were Wrecked.
The train, which is a mate of the Twentieth Century limited, carried thru sleepers from New York. These sleepers were wrecked. The wreck did not catch fire.
The seriously injured are:
MRS. ELIZABETH LOWRIE, aged 60, Cleveland, hip injured.
J. G. KEEGAN, Cleveland, back sprained.
H. L. LEED, Mansfield, O., face cut.
MRS. DR. HYNDMAN, New York, back hurt and body bruised.

Ambulances Sent To Wreck.
The wreck occurred in a portion of the city which is almost inacessible and it was some time before aid reached the passengers. All the ambulances in the city were rushed to a point near the scene as soon as possible and the seriously injured hurried to the hospital.
Many of the injured in the sleepers were only scratched and slightly bruised and were able to walk to a street car or other conveyance and came into the city, refused to give their names. It is believed that any of the injured, except the fireman, will die. The wrecked train carries a thru sleeper from the Lake Shore limited and leaves Cleveland at 7:25 a.m. daily. No. 19 is known among railroad men as the Lake Shore limited.

Winona Republican Herald Minnesota 1907-06-18