Greenville, AL Train Wreck Feb 1895
TRAIN DERAILED, CARS BURNED
Express on the Louisville and Nashville Road Wrecked Near Greenville, Ala.--- A Man Killed.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Feb. 23.--- Passenger train No. 1, for New-Orleans, on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, was wrecked by being derailed two miles below Greenville, Ala., and forty-seven miles south of Montgomery, at 9:30 this morning. One man was killed. The train was going about fifty miles an hour when the rails spread, and the tender of the engine jumped the track. The combination mail, baggage and express car, smoking car and two passenger cars were thrown over a fifteen foot perpendicular embankement into a swamp. The first Pullman sleeper left the rails, while the other sleepers and a private car of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, with officials on board, remained on the track.
Engineer Campbell and his fireman remained at their posts, the engine breaking loose from the tender and escaping damage. The mail clerk, baggagemaster, and expressman had miraculous escapes, receiving but slight bruises. Conductor Keeler got out uninjured.
The list of Injured and killed is as follows:
ARMSTRONG, Mrs. G. P., Buffalo, N. Y.; left shoulder and arm broken; cut and bruised about the face and left side.
JOHNSON, C. R., Toledo, Ohio; traveling man; hip cut and arm lacerated.
JOHNSON. W. H., Newcastle, Ind.; seriously hurt in the back; carried to Mobile.
JOHNSON. Miss SALLIE, Birmingham, Ala.; right leg scalded.
MOODY, Mrs. G. W., Shelbyville, Tenn.; jaw broken and cut, left ankle sprained, and foot cut. Her little daughter Margaret sustained a few bruises.
SCHOOLCROFT, Mrs. W. H., Montgomery; head cut and right hand mangled.
THOMPSON, Mrs. W. I. R., Montgomery, Ala.; knee sprained.
WALSH, G. B., Birmingham, Ala.; killed.
WISDON, Mrs. S. J., Montgomery; face and head cut; left leg sprained; possibly injured internally.
There were more than 325 passengers aboard, and of that number at least thirty were more of less injured, very slight cuts and bruises being the extent of damage to those whose names are not given.
The mail and baggage car, three coaches, and two Pullman sleepers were burned. One sleeper and the Chicago and Alton private car escaped the fire.
The New York Times, New York, NY 24 Feb 1895