Schooley's Station, OH Train Collision, Jan 1896
AN OPEN SWITCH CAUSES A BAD WRECK ON THE B. & O. S. W.
AT SCHOOLEY'S STATION, SEVEN MILES EAST OF CHILLICOTHE, SATURDAY NIGHT.
EAST BOUND ROYAL BLUE FLYER CRASHES INTO A FREIGHT TRAIN ON A SIDING AND FIVE TRAINMEN ARE KILLED.
Special Dispatch to Daily Leader.
Chillicothe, Jan. 5. -- About ten o'clock last night the eastbound passenger train on the B. & O. S. W. Ry., known as the Royal Blue Flyer, collided head on with a westbound freight train on a siding at Schooley's Station, seven miles east of this city. Five trainmen were killed, three postal clerks injured and the passengers badly shaken up. The dead are:
Engineer THOMAS MICHAELS, of passenger train; fatally hurt; died Sunday morning.
Fireman MATTHEWS, of passenger train, killed instantly.
Firemen ADDIS and COX and Brakeman KING, all of freight train; killed instantly.
The engineer of the freight train was in his cab when the shock came and was thrown a considerable distance into a field at the side of the track, but miraculously escaped serious injury.
Postal Clerks EDGERTON, MURPHY and WILLIAMS were all seriously injured, but none of them fatally. Clark EDGERTON, who is well known in Marietta and Washington County, suffered a fracture of his left leg below the knee and is thought to be hurt internally.
The passengers of the Flyer were severely shaken up by the force of the collision and many of them painfully bruised.
The wreck, which is one of the most frightful in results that ever occurred on this division of the B. & O. S. W., was due to carelessness. The west bound freight, not having time to make Chillicothe, took the siding at Schooley's to await the passage of the eastbound Flyer. Through the carelessness of somebody the switch was left open. The Flyer came thundering down upon the unsuspecting crew of the freight train and dashed onto the siding without a moments warning. Both locomotives were demolished, the postal car being piled on top of the wreckage.
The frightened passengers dashed out of the train upon gathering their wits together after the shock and rendered what aid they could to the injured men, whose groans increased the horror of the situation. The conductor of the Flyer walked to Chillicothe with information of the catastrophe and a wrecking and ambulance train was at once sent to the scene.
The full extent of the disaster was not known until the dead bodies of Firemen MATTHEWS, ADDIS and COX and Brakeman KING were taken from the debris. Engineer MICHAELS was picked up with both legs and arms broken and internal injuries that caused his death this morning as stated above.
Marietta Daily Leader Ohio 1896-01-06