Fort Wayne, IN Flyer Derails Into Freight, Aug 1911
Crash Came at Switch.
"The train, which was double-headed," said MR. SKILLMAN, "was coming at a terrific speed. Just across the bridge which spans the St. Marys River the train veered into a new switch placed there because of the track elevation work. I guess the train was going at too great a rate for the switch to stand the strain, for as I watched the train it seemed to me as though the rails of the switch just slid from under the train directly over to the freight train standing on the north track."
"The crash was simply terrific. For the first minute after the three engines struck there was somparative silence. Then came the sound of the escaping steam, the crash of the two first passenger cars as they slid down the embankment into Swinney park, and the screams of the passengers."
Men Dragged Women Back.
GEORGE MITCHELL, his wife, and four children, of Los Angeles, Cal., were passengers on the train, and escaped serious injury miraculously.
"Instantly," said MR. MITCHELL, "there was a panic such as I never would suppose could happen. I saw strong men seize a woman, whose companion had broken a window and was pushing her through it, pull the woman back, and crawl out themselves. Several men rushed over me and my family, and we were the last to get out of the car. My daughter, aged 14, has a bad cut on her leg, but the rest of us escaped with bruises and slight cuts. If it had not been that the cars were of steel, I think that we would all have been killed.
JAMES E. SULLIVAN, of New York, who was injured, is the well-known head of the Amateur Athletic Union, and the new boxing commissioner of the State of New York.
Wrecked A Week Ago.
By a peculiar coincidence this same train was wrecked a week ago tonight, near Hammond, Ind., although no one was killed. A fireman was injured and the passengers were severely jolted.
Tonight's wreck marked the fourth accident that has occurred since the Pennsylvania's eighteen-hour train was placed in service, in June, 1905.
The first smash-up occurred at Mineral Point, Pa., February 23, 1907, when the westbound train was derailed. Most of the passengers were injured, but none were killed.
The second accident occurred near Hamilton, Pa., where the train ran into a landslide. This happened February 15, 1909. No one was badly injured.
The Washington Post District of Columbia 1911-08-14