Wylies Station, OH Train Wreck, Sept 1913


Defective Rail Hurls Coaches of Flier From Track


Metal Construction Declared to Have Prevented Big Death List.

Eighteen Persons in Hospital, Three of Whom Are Believed to Be Fatally Injured----Washington Porter Among the Sufferers----Women Tear Up Skirts for Bandages---Train Making High Speed When Derailed.

New Madison, Ohio, Sept 9.---An all-steel train probably saved a score of lives today when the Pennsylvania flier that left New York at 6:30 last night and due in St. Louis at 6:30 this evening was ditched by a raised rail near Wylee's Station, four miles west of here today, and thirty-five persons were injured. Three, it is believed, were fatally hurt, and eighteen are in a hospital at Richmond, Ind. tonight.

Running at a terrific speed to make up lost time, the fast train struck the defective rail on the Columbus and Indianapolis division of the Pennsylvania railroad, about 50 feet from the approach to a small steel bridge located at the edge of Wylee's Station. The train ran along the cross-ties until the engine hit one side of the bridge, tore it from its foundation, and fell with it, half a dozen feet to the creek bed. Six steel coaches were flung to the other side of the track and turned over in a corn field, the first car on the edge of the little stream. Two rear coaches, an observation diner and a Pullman, remained upright on the track bed.

Probably Fatally Hurt.

Those believed to be fatally injured are:

J. W. THARP, fireman, Columbia, Ohio; internally injured, one leg broken, scalds and bruises. GEORGE B. WRIGHT, St. Louis, manufacturer; injured about hips and abdomen. GEORGE WALKER, colored porter, Columbus, Ohio.

Among the Injured.

Others among the injured are:

A. T. Hackworth, postoffice inspector, Kansas City, Mo. H. K. W. Ewing, dining car steward, Columbus, Ohio. Ellis Gibson, dining car cook, Logansport, Ind. J. C. Rogers, engineer, Columbus, Ohio. M. H. Sheeler, Brooklyn, N. Y. Jesse Porter, New York. R. M. Goodman, 941 R. street northwest, Washington, D. C. R. J. Rector, Columbus, Ohio.

News of the wreck came in the form of a call for physicians, and it was hours before any information regarding the disaster could be obtained, the first reliable stories coming from returning physicians and newspaper men who made trips to the scene. The isolated station afforded but meager wire connections.

Relief Trains Sent Out.

Relief trains were rushed from Richmond and Columbus, and a wreck train from Cincinnati, physicians from New Madison, Richmond, New Paris, Ohio, and other surrounding towns were hurried to the wreck. Women supplied underskirts to make temporary bandages for those hurt, and as soon as possible to that place with all whose injuries required medical attention.

None of the steel coaches was mush damaged. Injuries to passengers were caused almost exclusively by falling and being thrown about in the coaches, though some were cut by flying glass.

R. M. Goodman, the Washington man who was among the injured in the wreck of a Pennsylvania passenger train near Wylee Station, Ohio, was a porter on the wrecked train. At a late hour last night the relatives of the injured man had received no word from him.

Officials of the Interstate Commerce Commission of the Pennsylvania train at Wylee, Ohio, should be a reminder to all roads that great loss of life may be saved by the use of all-steel trains.

They said that undoubtedly the death toll would have been heavy had the cars been built of wood, as were those on the New Haven in the recent accident.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC 10 Sept 1913