Athens, OH Train Wreck, Sept 1868

Serious Railroad Accident.

The Pitcher tunnel on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad, which caught fire some days ago and has since been burning, caved in yesterday and buried two men. Their remains have not been recovered.

While a construction engine was backing up to the scene fo the disaster, it ran over two hand cars near Athens, containing eighteen men, instantly killing five and seriously injuring three others, two of whom are not expected to recover. The men endeavored to jump from the cars, which were demolished.

One man had his head entirely severed form his body, and another had half of his head torn away by a splinter from the car. The burning and caving of the tunnel has blocked the road, but the company are building a track over the hill, which will soon be completed.

Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH 29 Sept 1868

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CASUALTIES.

Succession of Disasters—Fire in a Railway Tunnel—It Caves In Burying Two Men—Five Others Killed by a Construction Train.

CINCINNATI, September 28—The “Patcher Tunnel” on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railway, which caught fire some days ago and has since been burning, caved in yesterday and buried two men. Their remains have not been recovered.

While a construction engine was backing up to the scene of the disaster, it ran over two hand cars near Athens containing 18 men, instantly killing five and seriously injuring three, two of whom are not expected to recover. The men endeavored to jump from the cars, which were demolished. One man had his head entirely severed from his body, and another half his head torn away by a splinter from the cars.

Quincy Whig, Quincy, IL 29 Sept 1868