Pleasant Valley, OH Train Wreck, Oct 1890


An Awful Wreck Caused by a Boy's Negligence.

Eight Persons Killed and Two Badly Injured.

Eight persons killed, two wounded and a large amount of property destroyed are the results of one of the worst collisions that ever happened on the Central Ohio Division of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The accident occurred on a sharp curve, one mile west of Pleasant Valley, Ohio, midway between Newark and Zanesville, at about twelve o'clock at night. It is attributed to the criminal negligence of the operator, a young man named KEELTY. The trains in collision were a westbound freight train, on which the engineer was JOHN S. BUCKINGHAM; the fireman, W. M. FIRESTONE; conductor, BASH, and an eastbound freight, with JOHN CAMP, engineer; HARRY WILSON , fireman, and WILLIAM CROUSE, conductor. The dispatcher had orders at Black Hand to hold the eastbound train, and in addition an order was made for two trains to meet at that point. BUCKINGHAM called for orders and was given a clean block by the operator, who claims to have overlooked the two orders. He has not been seen since, but evidently has decamped. The killed are JOHN. S. BUCKINGHAM, WILLILAM FIRESTONE, B. F. SMART, THOMAS McCRAE, all of Newark, Ohio; JOHN COCHRAN, supposed to be a Cleveland printer; GLENN BASH, an employee of the Baltimore and Ohio at Zanesville; GEORGE W. STONEBURNE, of the same place, and a man whose name is unknown. The bodies were horribly mangled. All were taken to Newark, Ohio. The injured are: JOHN CAMP, leg amputated; HARRY WILSON, hands and arms cut and scalded.

The engines are total wrecks, being locked together so that it is impossible almost to separate them. Twenty-five cars filled with wire nails, iron, steel, oats, middlings, corn, flour, lumber, ore and empties were jammed and splintered, all being crowded in the space of seven or eight car lengths. The wrecking trains were sent down and the debris cleared away. The loss to the company will be not less than $9,000.
Following this wreck two passenger trains were in collision one mile west of Barnesville, Ohio, demolishing two express cars, both engines and the mail car.

Engineer JOHN WHEELER and a baggageman, “ED.” MURDOCK, had their legs broken. The accident was due to disobedience of orders on the part of one train. The officials announce that one was killed.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1890-10-03