Storrs, OH Passenger Trains Collide, Dec 1896

Daily Republican newspaper, Seymour, IN
8 December 1896; front page, Column 4
This is an update on: Storrs, Ohio - Engineer PRICE and Fireman DIXON Killed - 7 December 1896

THEY MET HEAD ON

Two Passenger Trains Collide on the Baltimore and Southwestern

TRAINMEN FORGET ORDERS

Three Human Lives Go Out Like a Flash and Sixteen Other Persons are Seriously Injured -
One Train Contained Railroad Officials Inspecting the Road -
List of The Dead and Injured

Cincinnati, Dec 6. - A horrible wreck occurred here yeaterday, near Storr station, on the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern, in which three persons were killed and 16 injured. The trains in collision were No.22, an accommodation, coming in from Cochran, IN, and a special made up of a passenger coach and two private cars. The special was carrying all the general officers of the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern, except General Manager Peabody and President Bacon, who were starting out to make a through inspection of the road.

The engineer and conductor of the special had orders to follow 15 minutes behind a preceeding regular train, and to keepo out of the way of train No. 22, which had the right-of-way. The special stopped at Storrs, where it should have waited for No. 22, but the engineer and conductor both forgot the order concerning that train, and pulled out. When three-quarters of a mile west of Storrs the trains came together. There was a fog which prevented seeing clearly, so neither engineer suspected a collision until the shock came.

The killed are:
JOHN PRICE, engineer
HOMER DIXON, fireman
L. ZIPPERNICK, civil engineer

The seriously injured are:
General Traffic Manager RANDOLPH
General Passenger Agent CHESBOROUGH
Civil Engineer CARROTHERS
Engineer TOM JONES
Fireman JOHN KENNEDY
Baggagemaster HARVEY
CHARLES E. WHITING, passenger
FRED MOORE, passenger

The slightly injured:
Press Agent JAMES H. MADDY
JOHN MILLS, trainman
Conductor SAM ELSWICK
Brakeman CHARLES CHAPMAN
Brakeman JAMES BEWLEY
MRS. ALEXANDER PATTERSON
Conductor M.H. SEXTON
F. N. MOORE, chief clerk in Chief Engineer Killredge's office, Big Four

The engines were badly wrecked. The property loss is estimated at from $10,000 to $15,000.