Irvington, IN Freight and Fast Passenger Trains Collide, Nov 1912
The passenger train, No. 36, is reported to have had a clear track but that the brakeman on the freight train had not closed the switch when it had cleared the main track for the passenger train. Carl Gross, head brakeman on the freight train, said the switch had been left open by one of his men.
Albert Seed, of Louisville, one of the passengers, told of his remarkable escape.
"I was awake," said Seed, "I felt chilly and was putting on my overcoat when suddenly I heard a crash and the next thing I knew I was sitting beside the wrecked trains. I could hear men and women crying for help, and with the help of others found an axe and chopped a hold in the side of the car. Firemen soon arrived and began carrying out the bodies."
Engineer Died at His Post.
The sound of the collision aroused the neighborhood. Many homes were thrown open, and the injured carried in and given first aid treatment before being sent to the hospital. Physicians and the firemen in Irvington were hurriedly summoned, and soon all the public and private ambulances in the city were taking away the dead and injured.
The two engines were almost completely telescoped. They reared up when they came together, and were so wrecked that it was not until after daylight that the body of the dead engineer of the passenger train was found in the cab. He had remained at his post, trying to bring his train to a halt.
The baggage car was badly splintered, but the two passenger coaches just behind looked more like a pile of kindling wood. They were completely telescoped. The entrance between the cars were [sic] so jammed that holes had to be cut in the sides and tops to take out the dead and injured.
The heavy tender of one of the locomotives was thrown onto the main track by the impact. The freight cars were not nearly so badly damaged. The heavy freight was standing still and withstood the impact better.
Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jackson, MI 13 Nov 1912