Harris City, GA Trains Collide, Dec 1909

THREE KILLED IN WRECK.

CENTRAL TRAIN COLLIDED WITH TRAIN ON THE M. & B.

Macon, Ga. -- Three persons were killed, one fatally injured and seven more or less seriously hurt when a Central of Georgia northbound passenger train at Harris City, Ga., crashed into the combination second-class, baggage and mail car of train No. 42, eastbound, of the Macon and Birmingham Road.
Engineer Rogers of the Central, shortly after the wreck, was arrested on a warrant charging him with manslaughter. He waived preliminary hearing, and is out on bond. He claims the track was rendered slick by the frost and that the sand pipe failed to discharge sand on the smooth rails, and for this reason he was unable to control his engine. He also claims that his airbrakes were defective. Passengers on the train say the engineer ran by two stations before he reached Harris City, and as he approached Harris City the engine was running at a high rate of speed.
The dead:
A. H. HARGUE, a bystander, of Harris City.
J. L. WILLIAMS, a bystander, of Harris City.
H. C. RAWLS, joint ticket agent, Harris City.
The accident occurred at the crossing of the two roads and was due, according to statements from railroad officials, to a frosted track.

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