Bethesda, IL Hand-Car Accident, Nov 1883

FATAL HAND-CAR ACCIDENT.

ONE MAN KILLED INSTANTLY AND TWO OTHERS MORTALLY WOUNDED.

Greenville, Nov. 30. -- Engine No. 9 and an empty caboose, in charge of Engineer MILLS and Conductor BEVITT, on the Ohio Southern railroad while running wild to Bainbridge struck a hand-car near Bethesda, a small station three miles south of this city, on which the section gang consisting of the following persons were returning to their homes: MIKE McCORMICK, WM. CLAY, JOHN DIES, JAMES SWEENEY and WM. MORTEMER, the former as foreman.
Three of the men jumped viz: WM. MORTEMER, JAMES SWEENEY, JOHN DIES.
Foreman McCORMICK and WM. CLAY were knocked off the track with the car. CLAY was killed instantly. WM. McCORMICK had both legs cut off below the knees, and a large gash cut in his stomach which allowed the bowels to protrude from the effects of which he died soon after. The third victim, WILLIAM MORTIMER, was terribly bruised about the body, and his face badly cut and right leg broken; will probably die.
The accident took place on a straight piece of track, and it is claimed that if the head-light of the engine had been lighted no loss of life would have occurred.

Daily Journal and Republican Freeport Illinois 1883-11-30