Ashland, KY Freight Train Wreck, May 1935

TRAINMEN KILLED IN FREIGHT WRECK.

ENGINEER THROWN TO DEATH AND HEAD BRAKEMAN SCALDED TO DEATH IN CRASH.

SWITCH LEFT OPEN.

Ashland, Ky., May 29 (AP) -- Two men were killed when a Chesapeake and Ohio freight train went through an open switch near here today.
Engineer GEORGE NICHALOS, 61, of Lexington, Ky., was thrown to his death against a box car, and head brakeman ARTHUR HOLDER, 40, of Russell, Ky., was scalded to death.
Fireman CHARLES E. BARKER, 44, Lexington, Ky., jumped from the engine cab and was uninjured.

Open Switch.
Special Agent H. P. Lane, who investigated, said that a passenger train had passed over the same switch at 12:45 o'clock this morning. The wreck occurred at 3:40 o'clock, and in the meantime, he said, someone, apparently not a railroad man, had opened the switch. Lane said it looked like "grudge work."
The wreck occurred at a spur running to a refining company's bulk plant, half a mile south of the Ashland railroad yards.
The engine went the entire length of the spur, down an embankment, and was partially buried.
The tender and two box cars were smashed.

Kingsport Times Tennessee 1935-05-29