Braswell, GA Locomotive Boiler Explosion, June 1935

TWO KILLED IN BOILER EXPLOSION.

TRAIN BLOWS UP, CARS STAY ON THE TRACK.

ENGINEER AND BRAKEMAN MEET DEATH AND FIREMAN IS SEVERELY INJURED WHEN LOCOMOTIVE BOILER BURSTS -- TRAIN MOVING OVER 30 MILES AN HOUR WHEN ACCIDENT OCCURS BUT NONE OF CARS LEAVE RAILS.

Braswell, Ga., June 29 -- (AP) -- Two men were killed and a third injured near here today in the explosion of the boiler of an engine hauling a northbound Southern Railway freight train.
The dead are:
W. O. ALEXANDER, of Atlanta, the engineer.
JASPER PARKS, of Atlanta, negro brakeman.
The fireman, LUCIOUS CHAPMAN, negro, was severely injured.
The accident occurred between here and Rockhart on the Chattanooga branch of the Southern Railway.
The train was running at between 30 and 35 miles an hour at the time.
The explosion damaged the engine and tender extensively. None of the cars left the rails.
The explosion occurred at 5:05 a.m. Central Standard Time. Railroad officials said the track was cleared two hours later.
The scene of the explosion is 45 miles north of Atlanta.

The Bee Danville Virginia 1935-06-29