Peachland, NC Train Wreck, Dec 1906


Horrible Death of Engineer S. E. Maxwell in Seaboard Wreck.


Rescuers, Helpless to Render Aid, Looked on as Brave Engineer Roasted by Degrees--Was a Native of Walhalla.

Charlotte, N. C., Dec. 30.--The Seaboard Air Line's fast mail No. 32, northbound from Atlanta to Richmond, crashed into a string of loaded freight cars at Peachland, a flag station 19 miles east of Monroe, late last night, partially wrecking the passenger train and killing Engineer S. E. Maxwell of Raleigh.

Running 50 miles an hour Engineer Maxwell sighted the freight train as he rounded the curve near Peachland and with concern only for the passengers, whose lives were in his care, he applied the emergency brakes in an effort to moderate the impending crash. The speed was reduced to 10 miles an hour when the train struck and the fireman jumped without being hurt. Maxwell stuck to his post, was caught between the engine and tender and slowly roasted to death in view of the rescuers, who strained every nerve to reach him. Helplessly pinned in the firebox, the brave man lived four hours, fully conscious, talking cheerfully to the rescuers, his last words being a message to his wife and child at Raleigh. No one else was hurt.

State, Columbia, SC 31 Dec 1906