Forrest City, AR Fatal Railroad Accident, Aug 1883


Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 22. -- The west-bound passenger train on the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad which left here at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon met with an accident last night four miles west of Forrest City, Ark. While crossing a short trestle a broken rail caused two second class passenger coaches and the baggage express car to go through the trestle, killing J. B. SALINGER and HARRY FOLDBERG, merchants, of Cotton Plant, Ark., and JOHN ADAIR, formerly foreman of pile-drivers of the Little Rock Road. JAMES WHITE, a stock claim agent of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, had his leg broken. Several other passengers received injuries, but not of a very serious nature. The east-bound train due here last night at 10 o'clock did not arrive until 11 o'clock this morning.

The New York Times New York 1883-08-23