Yemassee, SC train wreck, Jan 1907


Train Crashed Into Open Switch at Yemassee, S. C.

Pullman and Baggage Cars Burn

CHARLESTON, S. C., Jan. 21. - News was received here tonight of the wreck and destruction of northbound special New York and Florida vestibule train No. 88, Atlantic Coast Line, at 8:20 o'clock, at Yemassee, a junction point fifty-nine miles from Charleston. The train, which was running at a fair speed, went into an open switch and crashed into the engine of a freight train on the siding.

Engineer Johnson of Florence, on train No. 88, was killed, and Engineer Horton and tree train hands of the freight were injured. The train, composed of a baggage car and several Pullmans, caught fire at once and all except one car were burned. It was said that there were only a few passengers northbound on board and only one was hurt. The name of the passenger and extent of his injuries could not be learned tonight.

Capt. C. C. Tilghman was in charge of the vestibule train and Conductor Stuart Heisenberger in charge of the freight.

The Macon Daily Telegraph, Macon, GA 22 Jan 1907