Horse Cave, KY Train Wreck, Aug 1904

A BAD WRECK IN KENTUCKY

Two Fast Trains Meet and Thirty-seven People Injured

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 4 – Southbound passenger train No. 1 on the Louisville & Nashville, which left Cincinnati at 6 o’clock last night, collided early today near Norse Cave, Ky., with northbound passenger train No. 2, which left Nashville about 8:30. Thirty-three passengers and four trainmen were injured, but none, it is thought, will die. The condition of Engineer Rehm on No. 1 is serious. According to information received here Rehm either disregarded orders or was asleep as his train was going 40 miles an hour when it struck the northbound passenger train. None of the coaches left the track.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 4 Aug 1904

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TRAINS Came Together on L. & N., Thirty People Being Injured.

Louisville, Ky., Aug. 4. – One trainman fatally injured, 29 passengers hurt, two engines, their tenders and mail and baggage cars demolished is the result of a head-on collision last night one mile south of Horse Cave, between two Louisville and Nashville through passenger trains.

Joseph Rehm of Louisville, engineer of train No. 1, southbound, is unconscious and probably fatally hurt. The wreck was due to misapprehension on the part of the engineer of the southbound train who mistook the headlight of a freight engine on the siding at Horse Cave for No. 2 passenger train, which he had been ordered to meet at that place. A short distance beyond the switch he beheld the headlight of No. 2, and realizing the mistake reversed his engine. Fortunately No. 2 was moving rather slowly and this fact is believed to have prevented a terrible loss of life.

The Newark Advocate, Newark, OH 4 Aug 1904