Batavia, OH Train Goes Through Trestle, July 1889

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Batavia, O. -- The passenger train from Portsmouth to Cincinnati on the Cincinnati, Georgetown and Portsmouth Railway, with the director's car, two passenger coaches and baggage car, went down with a trestle one and a half miles west of Batavia. The trestle was 100 feet long and from 12 to 25 feet high. The engineer felt it sinking and turned on a full head of steam, saving engine and baggage car, but not the three coaches with passengers. A heavy rain storm was falling at the time.
The coaches turned over and piled upon a miscellaneous wreck. No one was killed outright. About 14, as near as can be learned, were injured, some, it is feared, mortally. Among the latter was General SAMUEL F. HUNT, who cannot recover. This is not General Samuel F. Hunt, the attorney. General Passenger Agent T. D. RHOADES was sitting at the supper table. The table was driven into his side, inflicting, it is feared, mortal injury. H. L. SUNDERBRUSH, wife and child, of Cincinnati, were seriously hurt. WILLIAM KAIN, Conductor, suffered a broken shoulder blade and a broken leg.
W. H. FRAZIER, of Springfield, Ill., had his right leg broken and his head is seriously bruised. H. BALLMAN had his right leg broken. MRS. WILLIAMS, of Williamsburg, Ohio, is seriously injured.
MRS. HAYWARD, of Portsmouth, O., had a babe in her arms. She was thrown through a window and the baby was left in the car. She recovered soon and screamed for her babe. It was found inside the car, cooing and entirely unharmed. All the injured except Manager HUNT and Passenger Agent RHOADES, who could not be removed, were placed in hospitals near midnight.

Indiana Progress Pennsylvania 1889-07-10