Rockfish, VA Trains Collide, July 1903
TWENTY-FOUR PERSONS ARE KILLED IN WRECK ON SOUTHERN RAILWAY.
PASSENGER TRAIN NO. 35 AND LOCAL FREIGHT COLLIDE AT ROCKFISH, VA.
ENGINEER OF FREIGHT DIDN'T OBEY ORDERS.
TRAINS MET WITH AN AWFUL CRASH AND THE VICTIMS WERE LITERALLY TORN TO PIECES -- MOST OF THE VICTIMS WERE IN THE SMOKER.
Charlottesville, Va., July 7. -- Southern railway passenger train No. 35, southbound, ran into an open switch at Rockfish Depot, 20 miles south of this city, at 3 o'clock this afternoon, smashing into a local freight on a siding. The passenger engine and express coaches were demolished and the baggage coach telescoped through the second-class passenger car in the rear. In the latter was a party of immigrants, all of whom were killed or injured.
The dead number twenty-four and the injured number thirteen. Traffic was suspended for eight hours.
The dead that have been identified are:
Engineer JAMES McCORMICK, of Charlottesville.
Engineer CHARLES DAVIS, of Alexandria, Va.
THOMAS SHEPPARD, of Charlottesville, brakeman on freight.
CHARLES T. GAY, of Charlottesville, fireman on freight.
J. E. LOWE, colored, of Baltimore.
CHARLES T. LEITCH, colored, dining car waiter.
C. O. OWEN, Philadelphia, boiler inspector.
ADAM VICOSAVLIEVICH, Austrian boy.
BARILANI GUGELMO, Austrian woman.
Two Unknown Austrian Woman.
Unknown Milatto Woman.
The injured are:
Engineer HALE, of Charlottesville, injuries to spine, serious.
H. A. SHARPE, of Knoxville, Tenn., head and legs bruised and back hurt.
TURNER A. HENRY, of Bentonville, Va., injuries to legs head and shoulders.
WALTER JACKSON, colored, of Charlottesville passenger fireman, legs broken.
Four Austrians all painfully, but not seriously injured.
T. G. HUDSON, colored, Chattanooga, Tenn., serious wounds on head.
T. E. MERCER, colored, Washington, arms and legs cut and probably injured internally.
J. B. STERETT, colored, Pullman porter, of New York, hands, arms and face cut.
J. W. PAYNE, of Alexandria, baggage master, internal injuries.
Rescuing The Injured.
The work of rescuing the injured began immediately. DR. WILLIAM A. LAMBETH of the University of Virginia, was on the train and at once organized measures of relief. The trainmen under the doctor's direction, cut through the panels of the baggage car and express car and took out twenty of the dead. Probably a score of injured were removed.
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