Frazeysburg, OH Train Wreck, May 1893


Two Young Men Injured---One Fatally.

An Axle Gives Way and Seventeen Cars Plunge Into the Canal---Loss Estimated at $100,000.

THE Pan Handle experienced a most terrible wreck at Frazeysburg at six o'clock last Tuesday morning. East bound freight No. 76, composed of forty cars of live stock, merchandise and empty gondolas was passing through the village at a lively rate, when an axle under the eighth car from the engine broke, thereby releasing the wheels and causing the car to drop upon the track. While in this condition the car struck the iron bridge, that spanned the canal, knocking it from the foundation and plunging thirteen gondolas, three cars of merchandise and one car laden with hogs into the canal.

Two young men, Will Forsythe and Thomas O'Herron, of Steubenville, were in a car stealing a ride, and were buried underneath the wreck. Forsythe was taken out alive, but soon died. The body was taken to Steubenville on the first train. O'Herron's injuries are serious, although his life is not despaired of. None of the train men were injured.

The wreck was one of the most damaging that ever occurred on the Pan Handle and the company's loss will probably reach $100,000. Nearly all the hogs in the wrecked car were slaughtered. Wrecking crews were hurried from Columbus and Dennison and it required two days to clear the track and arrange for the passage of trains. A temporary bridge was erected and while these repairs were in progress all trains diverted at Trinway and Newark and ran over the Muskingum Valley and Baltimore & Ohio. The wreck train was in charge of Engineer H. T. Langill and Conductor H. J. Forbes.

Democratic Standard, Coshocton, OH 18 May 1893