Bedford, IN Two Passenger Trains Collide, Aug 1890

WRECK ON THE MONON.

THREE MEN KILLED AND FIVE ARE FATALLY INJURED.

QUITE A NUMBER SERIOUSLY INJURED -- THE OUTBOUND PASSENGER TRAIN FROM CHICAGO, CAME IN COLLISION WITH THE NORTHBOUND PASSENGER TRAIN FROM LOUISVILLE, ON A SHARP CURVE, NEAR BEDFORD, IND. -- NOT A SINGLE PASSENGER WAS INJURED.

Louisville, Ky., Aug. 4. -- There was another wreck on the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago railroad yesterday morning. Three men were killed and several injured. About seven miles north of Bedford, Ind., the outbound passenger train from Chicago came in collision with the northbound passenger train from Louisville on a sharp curve, killing the engineer and fireman of the outbound train and fatally injuring the engineer and fireman on the other train, JAMES TILFORD, postal clerk and FRANK BLACKWELL, express messenger. Not a single passenger was injured. Two engines are totally destroyed. Two mail cars, the express cars and two parlor cars were telescoped.
The killed are:
ARTHUR BURNS, engineer, New Albany.
GEORGE COLE, his fireman, New Albany.
An unknown man, who was riding on the engine.
All three are still under the wreck.
The fatally injured are:
BOB MUIR, engineer of the northbound train.
DAVE SMITH, his fireman, of Lafayette.
JAMES TILFORD, postal clerk of the southbound train, head cut and internally injured.
FRANK BLACKWELL, express messenger, head crushed.
J. W. JENKINS, Chicago colored porter, leg and head crushed.
Seriously injured are:
S. F. BENT, engineer of maintenance of way of the Monon, badly cut about the body.
FRANK SHANKS, freight conductor, back injured.
ED MUIR, son of the engineer, head and face cut.
J. R. SUDIE, postal clerk of the northbound train, bruised.
Conductor John Burns was in charge of the train going north and was on time leaving here, but when the trains struck he was two minutes late, while the southbound train was six hours late. Conductor McDonald says that he and his engineer agreed to run on to the side track, at Guthrie, three miles north of the wreck, and wait there for the northbound train. He went to sleep and did not wake up until they struck. All the injured were brought here, and all that were able to stand travel were taken on to New Albany on a special train.

Indiana Democrat Pennsylvania 1890-08-07