Cleveland, OH Train Collision, Oct 1930
THREE KILLED IN RAILROAD WRECK.
FOUR OTHER TRAINMEN HURT WHEN BIG FOUR MAIL TRAINS COLLIDE IN CLEVELAND.
Cleveland, Oct. 17. -- (AP) -- Two mail trains of the Big Four Railroad smashed head-on within the city early today, killing three members of their crews and injuring four others.
Through some mixup, a west bound train, departing for St. Louis, was on the same track as another train coming into the station from the divisional yards at Linndale. They collided in rounding a curve near the Fulton Road bridge.
Engineer HENRY SPROUSE of the eartbound train, and Fireman CHARLES GRAFF and Conductor JERRY DICKSON of the westbound train were killed.
Engineer FRANK McCARTHY of the westbound train and FIreman CLARENCE SHEFFIELD, 35, on the eastbound train, were seriously scalded. THOMAS HENAHAN, 35, fireman of the eastbound train, and WILLIAM F. DEE, flagman on the westbound train, suffered minor injuries. All were from Cleveland.
Officials of the road declined to comment on the accident and witnesses were unable to explain how it happened. Each locomotive was pulling two mail coaches.
SPROUSE and GRAFF were scalded to death in escaping steam, while DICKSON was pinned between the cab and tender trying to jump.
McCARTHY and SHEFFIELD were too seriously injured to tell how the wreck occurred.
HENAHAN, whose left arm was paralyzed, said the eastbound train was rounding the curve at a slow rate of speed. There was no warning of the crash, he said, and he had only a glimpse of the headlights of the oncoming locomotive before the impact.
DEE saved his life by jumping and was knocked unconscious.
Centralia Daily Chronicle Washington 1930-10-17