Guion Station, IN Passenger Train Derails, Dec 1898

TRAIN LEFT THE TRACK.

ONE MAN KILLED AND EIGHT OTHER PERSONS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A WRECK NEAR GUION STATION ON I.D.S. ROAD.

Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 19. -- A wreck occurred on the Indiana-Decatur Southern railroad at 2:30 o'clock Sunday morning 52 miles west of Indianapolis near Guion Station. The Indianapolis express, eastbound, due to arrive at this city at 3:55 a.m., left the tracks west of a high trestle which was 60 feet long with seven coaches off the rails and bumping along the ties. The trestle was 50 feet high and it is considered phenomenal that the train was not hurled off into the creek, in which event the slaughter of life would have been awful.
The rear car had just left the trestle when a spreading of the rails ahead of the baggage car piled the seven cars into a heap. The baggage car and smoker were ground almost into splinters and all of the cars were badly wrecked. There were about fifty passengers on the train and not a woman or a child in the list. The train was in charge of Conductor J. A. MITCHELL, of this city, and it is claimed was running at nearly 60 miles an hour to make up lost time.
The killed:
T. M. WELLS, superintendent of the schools of Douglass County, Arcola, Illinois.
Injured:
DANIEL POINTER, Decatur, Ill., head cut and neck and shoulders bruised.
ANDREW KAFER, Lawrenceville, Ind., head badly cut.
A. J. DIDDLE, Indianapolis, frightfully cut about the face.
M. J. MOORE, Indianapolis, head cut, spine injured and internal injuries.
WARREN SAYLOR, Indianapolis, slightly injured.
J. A. MITCHELL, conductor, injured ankles.
A. W. SCOTT, Indianapolis, head injured.
H. M. TENNEYCK, Chicago, slight injuries.
A special train made up here brought the injured to this city, where they were placed under medical care.

Daily Public Ledger Maysville Kentucky 1898-12-19