Theodore, AL Fast Train Runs Into Freight Train, Jun 1921


Fast Train No. 2 Crashes Into Freight On Siding Demolishing Tracks and Cars -- Engineer is Injured

There occurred at Theodore, Ala., last night shortly after 12 o'clock a serious wreck on the L. & N. Railroad in which a number of freight cars were torn to pieces, tracks damaged and Engineer Winno, of Mobile received serious injuries when he jumped from the engine just before it struck the freight.

Railroad officials at this city report what through freight train No. 78 which was headed toward Mobile had evidently gone into a siding to wait for the fast mail train to go by.  The later train, which passed through Biloxi at 11:02 last night, crashed into the rear end of the freight tearing the caboose into splinters.  Several of the freight cars were also damaged and the tracks were torn up for some distance.


Engineer Winno, in charge of the engine which pulled the passenger train, seeing the danger ahead, jumped from his cab, and in doing so received a fracture of the skull and other injuries.  Mr. Winno, whose home is in Mobile, was taken there for treatment. His condition was considered serious.  His fireman remained at his post, only receiving slight bruises.


Passengers aboard Train No. 2 were given a shakeup by the sudden contact but fortunately no others were injured. A wrecking crew was summoned out of Mobile, ten miles distant and a large force of men put to work, the large passenger engine was put back on the track, the tracks relaid, damaged cars removed and traffic was resumed today shortly before noon.  The accident will cost the L & N Railroad a considerable amount of money, and it occurring at a long curve in the road is considered fortunate that no more serious damage was done and entailing a heavy loss of life.  The real cause of the wreck was not definitely known at the local office of the company but it is presumed that freight failed to get far enough into the siding before the fast train came along.

Later advices received at the local office are to the effect that Engineer Winno died of his injured in a Mobile hospital at 9 o'clock this morning.  It was thought from the first that Mr. Winno's injuries were too severe for him to survive them, although everything was done to relieve him of his suffering. He was well known over the New Orleans-Mobile division of the road upon which he has been employed for some time. He leaves a family residing in Mobile.

Gulfport Daily Herald, Gulfport, MS 2 Jun 1921