McHenry, KY Passenger Flyer Derails, May 1903

FLYER JUMPS TRACK.

DISASTROUS WRECK ON THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL LAST EVENING.

FAST PASSENGER DERAILED AND TWO KILLED, WHILE TEN WERE INJURED.

SPREADING RAILS THE CAUSE.

The Memphis and Louisville passenger train No. 103, due here at 11:30 a.m., but which passed here at 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon because it was late, was wrecked at McHenry, Ky., a station on the Louisville division of the road eighteen miles north of Central City, and Engineer JOHN F. MATTHIS and Fireman JOHN KERR, both of Louisville, were killed and ten passengers and train heads were injured.
The killed:
JOHN F. MATTHIS, engineer, Louisville.
JOHN KERR, fireman, Louisville.
The injured:
G. T. STOCKER, baggagemaster, Louisville; fractured nose, lip cut and puncture wound on left side of forehead.
W. CROKNER, passenger, of New Orleans; slight abrasion on right leg three inches below the knee.
W. S. WILSON, passenger, manager of the Fruit Despatch Co.; back hurt.
MRS. C. M. LAPELEY, passenger, of 101 West Forty-ninth Street, New York City; abrasions on shoulder, head and left leg.
MRS. B. F. KELLER, passenger, of Brownwell, W. Va.; very nervous and complained of her neck being bruised, but no external evidence.
ARTHUR FOYE, passenger, of Louisville; wound in middle of eyebrow, slight abrasion on right cheek.
J. P. FRANKLIN, Pullman conductor; abrasion on right leg below knee.
B. B. SUMMERS of 805 West Broadway, Louisville, passenger; abrasion on cheek and right hand and sprained back.
DAVID VAUGHN, passenger, of McHenry, Ky.; injury to right wrist, puncture in forehead and nose skinned.
There were many reports relative to those injured and one was to the effect that Superintendent A. Philbrick and Traveling Engineer Lloyd Grimes were riding in the cab of the engine and were injured. This report was untrue, no Engineer Grimes had gotten off at Princeton and Superintendent Philbrick was not in the cab.
The above is the official list of those injured and furnished to the local hospital physicians.
The train was running fast to make up time and at McHenry the trucks of the engine broke and fell to the ground, wrecking the engine, one mail car, one baggage car and one second class coach. The engine was derailed and the baggage car
"rode" the engine, piling up on it and making a bad wreck to work. The second class coach did not leave the tracks far, being only slightly derailed. MATTHIS and KERR were caught in the wreckage, unable to get out or jump when the crash came, and were instantly killed.
MATTHIS was well known on all roads and considered one of the best engineers in the service. He was formerly traveling engineer of this division, but took a run in preference. His fireman was promoted to the position of engineer, but was several months ago "not back" for six months and had been firing on this run. Both are well known here and the news of their untimely death will be received with regret. The local wrecker was ordered out immediately after the reports of the accident reached here and hospital surgeons sent up to administer to the injured.
All trains were delayed this morning, the Louisville and Memphis passenger train No. 108, due at 4 a.m., arriving at 7:10. The wreckage was cleared as soon as possible and the trains brought through. The engine is badly wrecked as also is the baggage car. The mail car and second class coach are only slightly damaged.
There was a small derailment at Fulton yesterday morning. Several freight cars were derailed in the new yards and the local wrecker was sent out to work the wreck.

Paducah Sun Kentucky 1903-05-16