Atlanta, GA (near) Train Off Trestle, Dec 1885

A FATAL WRECK.

FEARFUL ACCIDENT ON THE GEORGIA RAILROAD.

FIFTEEN PERSONS KILLED OR FATALLY INJURED.

A TERRIBLE RAILROAD ACCIDENT.

Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 15. -- One of the most terrible railroad accidents ever known in Georgia, occurred last night at midnight, fifteen miles from this city on the Georgia Pacific road. The East Tennessee, and Georgia Pacific run the same track to Austel. Last night the Georgia Pacific mixed train with coach and one sleeper stopped at the tank to be watered. The coach and sleeper were on the trestle thirty feet high. The East Tennessee passenger going at the speed of thirty miles an hour, struck the sleeper and engine and went nearly half way through it.
The wreck was terrible. The firemen sprang over board and received slight injuries. The engineer held to his throttle and was unhurt.
The following persons on the Georgia Pacific train were killed:
BERNARD PEYTON, of Charlottesville, Va.
NATHAN HANLEY, of Anniston, Ala.
JACOB BANKS.
MARY BANKS.
B. BRIGHT, wife and two children, of Jonesboro, Ga.
A. PIERCE, of Aberdeen, Texas.
T. H. HOYT, of East Point, Ga.
Two unknown children.
The following are fatally injured:
MRS. ELIZA BROWN, home unknown.
WILLIAM COOK, of Fairburn, Ga.
One name unknown who was in company with PIERCE.
Ten others were seriously injured. The dead and wounded were brought to this city.

Daily Iowa Capital Des Moines 1885-12-15

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