Abilene, TX Train Accident, Aug 1930


Clyde Man Succumbs to Injuries When Jerked under Moving Train

H. D. Chellette, 30, of Clyde, was buried at Clyde Saturday afternoon, following a funeral service in the Baptist church there.

Death occurred at 3:15 Saturday morning after Chellette had been brought to an Abilene hopsital with his right arm and both legs mangled by the wheels of a T. & P. freight car a mile east of Abilene at 11 o'clock Friday night.

Chellette had come to Clyde several years ago with his mother, Mrs. W. J. Chellette, who survives him. His father, a minister in Louisiana, had died before the mother and son moved to Texas.

Still conscious, though his limbs hung in shreds, Chellette gave his name and that of his mother, and explained how the accident occurred, after he had been taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

He got on the train at Fort Worth early Friday, westbound, he said. When it slowed down at the water tank east of Abilene he waked up, he said, and started to get off. His hand slipped and he fell under the moving wheel of an oil tank car. He was found a few minutes later by the conductor, A. H. Crews of Big Spring, who was attracted to the scene by Chellette's calls for help. Crews telephoned for an ambulance.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Laughter Undertaking company.

The Abilene Morning Reporter - News, Abilene, TX 31 Aug 1930