Blaney, SC Passenger Train Wreck, Jan 1946


Blaney, S.C., Jan. 2. - At least two persons were killed and 20 injured shortly after 5 a.m. today when the diesel engine and seven cars of the Silver Meteor Seaboard line's New York to Miami streamlined passenger train derailed four miles north of here.
The dead were MRS. HELEN E. WILSON, wife of a negro soldier of New York City, and her infant daughter, BEVERLY. Her soldier husband, ALONZA H. WILSON, was among the injured.
J. E. Mayer, of Jacksonville, Fla., a passenger on the train, said that the coaches plunged from the right of way and off an embankment.
Ambulances from Columbia and the Fort Jackson military base carried at least a dozen injured to Columbia Hospitals.
Workers were forced to cut into the cars to remove some of the injured, hospital attendants said.
The Meteor left New York at 2:35 p.m. yesterday. Red Cross disaster crews from Camden and Columbia were en route to the scene.
The Meteor, whirling through freezing
weather from New York to Miami, bounced off the rails at a curve. The railroad said cause of the derailment was being investigated.
The track was torn up for several hundred feet as the diesel powered engine, a combination coach-baggage car in which the victims were riding, and six Pullmans jumped the rails and plowed through an embankment.
Ambulances from Columbia and Fort Jackson Army Base sped to the scene and carried the injured to hospitals.
The coach-baggage car was ground into the embankment and workers had to cut into it with acetylene torches.

Daily News Huntingdon Pennsylvania 1946-01-02