Boca, OH Head On Collision, Feb 1903

FOUR MAIL CLERKS KILLED.

FRIGHTFUL HEAD-ON COLLISION ON THE BIG FOUR.

BURNED TO DEATH IN THEIR CAR.

BOTH ENGINES DEMOLISHED AND DEBRIS CATCHES FIRE.

Cleveland, Feb. 24. -- In a head-on collision last night between a west-bound passenger train and an east-bound freight on the Big Four a mile east of Boca, four clerks were burned to death in their car.
The dead:
W. H. ROCKWELL.
E. W. KREISMANN.
T. W. SMILEY.
L. M. WALWORTH, all of Cleveland.
Engineers JOHN FERGUSON and WILLIAM FISH and and Express Messenger JOE COULTER were seriously injured. The two firemen are also hurt. No passengers are reported injured beyond a shaking up.
The trains met about half a mile east of the street railway tunnel and were running at full speed. Both engines were demolished and the track was heaped with debris. The passenger train left Cleveland at 9:30 o'clock. Shortly after the collision the debris caught fire and burned fiercely.
The telegraph poles beside the track were burned down and communication with the wreck was cut off. On account of the heat of the flames the work of rescue should anyone be beneath the debris, cannot progress.
A wrecking train left Cleveland shortly after midnight with surgeons abroad and an engine was sent to the scene of the wreck from Boca.

Norfolk News Nebraska 1903-02-27