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Petersburg, Virginia Train Wreck

February 5, 1912


Passenger Train Derailed Twenty Miles West of Pittsburg.

Special to The Washington Post.
Petersburg, Va., Feb. 5. – Twelve persons were injured, one probably fatally, early this morning, when eastbound passenger train No. 16 on the Norfolk and Western Railroad was derailed near Fords Station, 20 miles west of Petersburg. The seriously injured are:
Unidentified colored man, probably will die.
Layton Moors, of Lynchburg, Va., left hip broken.
Louis Dallage,
of Strong, Pa., cut and bruised.
J. W. Brown,
colored porter, badly cut on leg and body.

The wreck is said to have been due to an arch box breaking under the front trucks of the locomotive’s tender and catching a crossing plank, which is carried to 104-mile siding, where the plank caught a frog, derailing tender and eleven cars.

The Washington Post, Washington DC 6 Feb 1912

Transcribed by Jenni Lanham.  Thank you, Jenni!


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