BIg Run, WV Train Wreck, Dec 1914

Big Run Train Wreck, Dec 1914 Big Run Train Wreck, Dec 1914 Big Run Train Wreck, Dec 1914

FIREMAN MAY BE UNDER WRECK

One Man Missing Following Western Maryland [sic] Accident.

Cumberland. Md., Dec 18 -- Brakeman Lee Steerman, of Elkins, W. Va., who was in the wreck of the runaway east bound freight train on the Western Maryland Railway at Tub Run [sic -- Big Run], W. Va., last night is missing and is believed to be buried under the debris. The engine 12 loaded coal cars and 13 empties were piled in the one-track cut in a mass of twisted steel and wood.

The wreck being in a cut and the thermometer registering at zero, the work of removing the debris is slow and 36 hours may elapse before the track is cleared and traffic can be resumed.

The injured in the Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins are W. Parish, engineer: W. C. Smith, fireman, and J. J. Hewitt, brakeman, all of Elkins.

The train consisted of 33 cars and got beyond control at Coketon. Conductor E. Edwards and Flagman C. Isner escaped uninjured.

Supplies of rails and ties were dispatched from Cumberland while a special relief train was sent out from Elkins. A special train carrying General Superintendent S. Ennes, Chief Surgeon D. Z. Dunott and M. C. Byers, special representative of President Carl Gray, went to the scene this morning.

Sun, Baltimore, MD 19 Dec 1914