White Plains, KY Train Collision, Sep 1910
ENGINE OF FAST PASSENGER RUNS INTO FREIGHT WRECK ON THE LOUISVILLE DIVISION.
THREE RAILROAD MEN ARE INJURED, ONE LOSING BOTH FEET -- BROUGHT TO HOSPITAL HERE THIS MORNING.
FREIGHTS COLLIDE HEAD-ON ROUNDING CURVE NEAR WHITE PLAINS, KY., ON ILLINOIS CENTRAL.
FOG OBSCURES LANTERN OF LOOKOUT AND ENGINE OF 103 HURRYING TO WRECK, RUNS PAST IT AT 2 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING.
A head-on freight collision, into the debris which the engine of fast passenger, 103, due here at Louisville at 3:52 crashed caused a serious wreck on the Illinois Central railroad, hurting 12 and destroying valuable property.
Twelve people were injured early this morning in a double wreck on the Illinois Central Railroad, near White Plains, 78 miles east of Paducah. Only three were injured seriously, and all of the injured were railroad employes.
The first wreck occurred last night about 10 o'clock when the first section of north bound freight train, No. 186, and a special freight train, en route to Paducah, had a head-end collision on a curve. Nobody was injured seriously in this collision as the crews jumped, but, the majority were injured when the engine of fast mail train, No. 103, bumped into the debris.
It was one of the most serious freight wrecks on the Illinois Central railroad in many months, and the property loss is heavy. The head-end collision resulted in a heavy damage to property and this was increased when the passenger engine bumped into the wreck, injuring a number of section men that were being conveyed to the scene of the wreck.
The most seriously injured are:
SHELBY CARTER, 21 years old, section hand, of Milwood; both feet crushed and amputation probably will be necessary.
SAMUEL INNES, section man, right leg fractured.
LEE DODSON, bruised and injured.
Conductor WILLIAM HANSBROUGH, in charge of the passenger train, has a bad bruise on his face, while other members of the train crew were bruised, but were able to come to Paducah, where they were relieved.
CARTER and INNES were brought to Paducah and were taken to the Illinois Central Hospital, where they were given attention.
The head-end collision occurred last night about 10 o'clock between north bound freight train No. 186, which was in charge of Engineer N. B. Whedon and Conductor Pryor, and left Paducah at 2:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The special freight train south bound was in charge of Engineer R. E. McCarty and Conductor Perry Owen. Both train crews are from Paducah. The wreck was caused by somebody overlooking orders, but the railroad officials say it will take the official investigation before the blame can be placed on either crew.
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