Forest, OH Train Wreck, Sept 1887


FOREST, Ohio, Sept. 19.--Special Telegram--Early this morning the second section on freight train No. 71, on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway ran into the rear of the first section, badly breaking up two locomotives and about ten cars loaded with freight. A dense fog prevailed at the time, and the accident occurred one mile west of this place. No persons was hurt by the accident, but about five minutes afterward, when both trains had stopped, and the trainmen were examining the cars to ascertain what damage was doe, and what help would be needed to clear the track, a terrible explosion occurred, caused by dynamite in one of the cars.

Edward Bough, a fireman of one of the engines, was instantly killed, the body being thrown a distance of 100 feet, and horribly mangled, J. R. Lyon, an engineer, was badly, but not fatally injured a few hours after by a boy throwing a cartridge into the firebox of the engine {Lyon,} of which Lyon was in charge. What caused the first explosion so long after the wreck will probably never be known. The explosion set fire to the wrecked cars and burned ten of them before the flames could be subdued. The cars were loaded with coke and coal. The track was blocked ten hours and passenger trains were moved around the wreck by using other railroads. A large frame building a short distance from the track was completely demolished by the force of the explosion.

Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 20 Sept 1887



CINCINNATI, O., Sept. 20.--The first section of a freight train on the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago railroad broke down near Forest at four a. m. yesterday, and the second section collided with it. John Bough, fireman of the second section, was killed. Several cars of oil in the second section caught fire and soon the entire forepart of the train was wrapped in flames. While the trainmen were trying to subdue the fire a car loaded with dynamite exploded with terrible violence, destroying several cars, tearing up the track, and injuring Engineer Lyons of the second section and a tramp named George Smith.

Daily Gazette, Rockford, IL 20 Sept 1887