Grant, LA Two Freight Trains Collide, Nov 1936

THREE DEAD IN L. AND A. FREIGHT WRECK.

SEVERAL OTHER MEN SEVERELY INJURED IN ACCIDENT.

COLLISION OCCURS NEAR GRANT, LA.

OVER-RUNNING 'WAIT' ORDERS BELIEVED RESPONSIBLE.

Shreveport, La., Nov. 9. - (AP) - Three trainmen were killed and several injured today in a collision of Louisiana and Arkansas freight trains near Grant, 17 miles north of Jenna, on the Vidalia Branch.
The dead are:
H. O. HUNTER, engineer, Shreveport, formerly of Portsmouth, Ohio.
C. C. STEELMAN, fireman, Eldorado, Ark.
S. W. WRIGHT, train rider on one of the engines, address unknown.
Those injured were:
J. P. O'BRIAN, fireman, leg broken.
J. T. EDWARDS, engineer, leg broken.
JOHN ALSUP, conductor, ribs broken.
J. S. NEWSON, brakeman, injuries undetermined.
L. & A. officials said two wreckers had been sent out of Shreveport, and the dead and injured would be brought here.
Details of the collision were lacking, but, according to officials of the road here, one of the trains is thought to have overrun "wait" orders which caused the collision.
The collision occurred between freight train No. 51, southbound on the Vidalia Branch of the L. & A., and a switch train known officially as the "Dodger" which did switching in and about a 20-mile area around Georgetown.

Failed To Wait.
Train No. 51, of which HUNTER was the engineer, had orders, the railroad officials here said, to wait at Grant, south of Georgetown, for the "Dodger" but apparently did not do so, as the collision occurred after No. 51 had passed Grant.
Conductor ALSUP reported that engineer HUNTER, seeing the impending head-on collision, jumped from his cab, but was pinned beneath cars, following the engine when they were wrecked and overturned and killed.
Railroad officials here said approximately 12 freight cars were wrecked and smashed.

Denton Record-Chronicle Texas 1936-11-09