Valparaiso, IN Train Wreck, Jul 1912
MISTAKE OF OPERATOR CAUSES WRECK
NICKEL PLATE ACCIDENT IS PECULIAR ONE -- NO ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED.
The wreck on the Nickel Plate and Grand Trunk crossing, three miles west of Valparaiso, apparently was caused by a misjudgment of the tower operator at the crossing. As the Nickel Plate train was nearing the crossing the operator suddenly threw open the switch at that point and when the train was only a train's length away going at the rate of forty miles an hour. The engine and the baggage car jumped the track and the engine turned over on its side. The fireman and the brakeman jumped when they saw the signal changed. Engineer Frank Telley showed his nerved and remained at his post in the face of the danger and succeeded in considerably reducing the speed of the train before it struck the derail.
The accident is peculiar under the circumstances as no one received a serious injury. Engineer Telley's escape was almost miraculous, and his bravery probably saved the lives of many passengers. None of the passengers got even a severe shaking up.
Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 3 Jul 1912