Rudd, NC Fatal Train Wreck, Oct 1907

BRAKEMAN CAUSES A FATAL WRECK; RUNS AWAY.

THREE PERSONS KILLED AND TWO SCORE INJURED ON THE SOUTHERN.

Washington, Oct. 18. -- Three killed and thirty-seven injured, one of them probably fatally, is the result of the collision at Rudd, N. C., last night between a Southern railway passenger train and a freight train, which was standing on the siding there. Southern railway officials report that one of the injured may die and that the front brakeman on the freight train, whom the railroad officials believe caused the accident by leaving the switch open has disappeared. The killed are:
J. A. BROADY, of Spencer, N. C., fireman on the freight train.
MRS. J. P. THOMAS, Danville, Va., wife of a freight conductor.
D. ALLEN BRYANT, Richmond, Va., representative of a paper box company.
Most of the injuries sustained by the passengers were slight.

The Weekly Sentinel Fort Wayne Indiana 1907-10-23

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Train wreck in Rudd

Here is an article in the newspaper about this wreck. The French Broad hustler. [volume] (Hendersonville, N.C.), 31 Oct. 1907. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

Rudd Station 1907 train wreck.

Clearly there is some discrepancy between articles on the internet regarding this train wreck. One claims it happened in January 1907, and another in October 1907. Which is historically accurate?
Also, one article claims a train worker failed to setthe air brake and ran. Another says the conductor tried to set the brake after it failed and he died. One artic4le shows 3 deaths but none of them the conductor?
All very confusing.