Calvert City, KY Freight Train Wreck, Oct 1903
A COSTLY MISTAKE.
FREIGHT WRECK ON THE I.C. KILLS TWO MEN.
MANY CARS AND TWO LOCOMOTIVES LOST AT CALVERT CITY AND THE TRESTLE BURNED.
CREW OVERLOOKED ORDERS.
There was a serious wreck on the I. C. road one and a half miles south of Calvert City and about sixteen miles from Paducah last night at 9:50 o'clock when an extra freight train, north bound, met in head end collision with the first section of regular freight No. 151, south bound, on a 75 foot trestle, and as a result the trains were both badly wrecked, the engines completely demolished and burned with the trestle, and Engineer GEORGE DULANEY and an unknown fireman learning the road are missing.
The wreck is one of the worst in actual damage and in loss of time in the passenger runs, then has happened in years and all night trains were though necessity sent around via the L. and N. road last night.
The extra north bound freight, engine No. 1, was in charge of Conductor THEODORE DECKER, Engineer GEORGE DULANEY and Fireman EDEN and carried and extra fireman who was learning the road while the regular freight train, engine No. 623, was in charge of Conductor F.M. HILL and Engineer H. SCARBROUGH. The extra was ordered to "make Clark's station," which is this side of Calvert, but the crew overlooked orders according to reports, and tried to make Calvert City instead, meeting the freight train on the trestle while going at full speed. The crews jumped and escaped except Engineer DULANEY and the unknown fireman who are missing and supposed to be under the wreckage, and Engineer SCARBROUGH who was injured in the back in jumping.
The trains caught fire from the engines and several cars with the trestle were consumed by the flames. The engines were both completely demolished and four cars out of the 14 making up the regular freight, and seven out of the 37 making up the extra, completely destroyed. The wrecker was ordered out of Paducah immediately after the accident and the outfit hurried through to the scene of the disaster. Timber enough to repair the trestle was taken to the wreck this morning and bridge laborers are working heroically to repair the bridge and make it possible for the passage of trains over the road.
Last night train No. 103, the fast south bound passenger, was sent around via Nortonville to McKenzie while the north bound train No. 104 was sent around via the L. and N. from Martin to McKenzie to Nortonville. This morning all trains were run through as far as the wreck and the passengers and baggage transferred. The Fulton accommodation train met the Hopkinsville train at the wreck and both were turned back, the Fulton train assuming the run of the Hoptown train and the Hoptown train taking the run of the accommodation to Louisville.
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