Irvington, IN Freight and Fast Passenger Trains Collide, Nov 1912

20 INSTANTLY KILLED IN TRAIN COLLISION

Freight Crew Took Siding and Left Switch Open

Passenger Train Took Switch Colliding With Freight

Gas Explosion Set Fire to wreckage

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 13. -- A Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton passenger train collided with a freight train on a siding near Irvington, a suburb of this city, this morning.  Fourteen passengers were instantly killed and six injured passengers died after reaching the hospitals in this city, which makes 20 deaths in all.

Two persons are missing and more than 20 others are missing.  The freight crew left the switch open after taking the siding.  A gas explosion set fire to the wreckage, but a bucket brigade was at once organized and in a short time the blazing wreck was extinguished.

The Telluride Journal, Telluride, CO 14 Nov 1912

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16 Persons Killed, 15 Seriously Injured in Collision on C., H. & D.

BRAKEMAN FAILED TO CLOSE SWITCH

Fast Passenger Train Crashes

Into Freight at Irvington, Suburb of Indianapolis.

PASSENGER ENGINEER DIED AT HIS POST

Position of Mangled Body Indicated He Had Made Every Effort to Stop Train.

[By Associated Press Leased Wire.]

Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 13 -- At least sixteen persons were killed and fifteen seriously injured at 3 o'clock this morning, when an in-bound Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton passenger train ran into an open switch and crashed head-on into a freight train at Arlington avenue, Irvington, a suburb.  The train was coming from Cincinnati at the rate of forty miles an hour.

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