Steubenville, OH Train Wreck, Jun 1889


Four Lives Lost by a Railway Accident in Ohio.

The New York and St. Louis mail train met with disastrous accident at Cumberland Junction, three miles east of Steubenville, Ohio., Owing to imperfect connections with the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Pan-Handle section was nearly two hours late in leaving Pittsburg, and had orders to make up an hour of the lost time between Pittsburg and Columbus. Just east of Cumberland Junction is a steep down grade over a sharp reverse curve. On this the train, consisting of an engine, express and four mail cars, plunged at the rate of sixty miles an hour. The last car was whipped from the track like the end of a whip lash and ploughed along the embankment on its side for a distance of over one hundred foot. In leaving the track it drew with it the two mail cars in front, and the forward car struck a car loaded with steel rails, crushing in the side and throwing both cars, which were not uncoupled, down an embankment twenty-five feet high and landing them, bottom up, in the ditch.

In these cars were the conductor and brakeman and twelve postal clerks. Two of the postal clerks were killed outright, and also injured. They were JOHN G. PAYNE, of Indianapolis, and JAMES RINEHART, of Effington, Indiana.

LEE BURRIS, of Columbus, the conductor, had his right hip crushed and his thigh split open from the hip to the knee. JOHN MacFARLAND, a brakeman, had his left leg completely severed from his body and his right leg crushed to a jelly. Both men were fatally injured and died during the night.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1889-06-28