Conway, PA Train Collision, Aug 1912
FOUR KILLED IN BAD WRECK NEAR CONWAY.
SEVEN OTHERS INJURED -- ALL WERE TRAINMEN, NO PASSENGERS BEING HURT, ALTHOUGH BADLY SHAKEN UP.
WRECK NOT ON THE E. & A. DIVISION.
PITTSBURG-CLEVELAND PASSENGER TRAIN NO 307 DERAILED WHEN IT CRASHED INTO WRECK TRAIN BEING USED TO CLEAR TRACKS OF WRECKED FREIGHT CARS.
Four men were killed, seven badly injured and a number of passengers badly shaken up, when passenger train No. 307, enroute to Cleveland from Pittsburg, was wrecked near Conway at 7:15 eastern time this morning.
A. L. COUGHENOUR, engineer of train No. 307, Cleveland.
A. REEDER, wrecktrain watchman, Freedom, Pa.
Two unidentified wreck train laborers.
L. C. VAUGHN, Cleveland, fireman on No. 307.
J. ROBINSON, baggagemaster on No. 307.
J. McANDREWS, yardmaster at Conway, of Freedom.
Three wreck train laborers were also hurt.
The wreck was a peculiar one. Earlier in the day several freight cars had been derailed on their way into the Conway yards from Baden on the Pennsylvania west and the Conway wreck train was working to place them back on the tracks when the Cleveland passenger came rushing along.
The wreck train and hoisting crane were on a track adjacent to the track upon which the passenger train was speeding hit the passenger train and six of the cars including three passenger coaches were derailed, but not overturned.
The cause of the wreck has not been determined. Pennsylvania railroad officials at Pittsburg state that their official report says two flagmen were watching for approaching trains at the scene of the original wreck and that fuses were being used. The morning, however, was foggy and it is thought, signals of danger, if any were given, were not seen by the engineer who was killed.
New Castle News Pennsylvania 1912-08-30