Utica, OH Train Accident, Apr 1912


Utica, April 22.- LOREN DIAL, age 55 years, a resident of Mt. Vernon, was struck and instantly killed here about 12:30 Sunday afternoon by the second section of B. and O. passenger train No., 7. The accident occurred at a point a few hundred feet south of the station. Dial was waiting to go to his home and had been wandering about the company’s right of way for some time previous to the accident.

Dial came to Utica Saturday afternoon and late in the evening he was place in the village lockup in an intoxicated condition, for safe keeping. He was released Sunday morning that he might go to his home. The only train north bound, which stops at Utica is No. 3, due about 2:15 and he was waiting for the arrival of this train.

The train which struck him was late and Dial was not expecting it. It is evident that he became confused and failed to realize his danger until too late. He was struck and hurled from the tracks. May bones were broken and death must have been instantaneous, though the wheels of the engine or train did not run over him.

The accident was witnessed by a number of persons about the station. Then body was carried to the baggage room and Coroner Wiyiarce notified. He made a hurried trip to Utica in an automobile and viewed the body and took the testimony of several witnesses. He will render a verdict of accidental death.

Dial was a married man and is survived by his wife and five children, three of whom live at his home in Mt. Vernon. He was a stone mason and was well known in Knox and Licking counties.

The body was removed to his home in Mt. Vernon where the funeral and burial will take place.

The Newark Advocate, Newark, OH 22 Apr 1912