Hazard, KY Two Coal Trains Wreck, Jun 1945
Three Persons Injured In Perry Train Wreck
HAZARD, Ky., June 22 (Special) -- Three persons were injured and several cars damaged in a collision of two coal trains near Hazard at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon, according to J. T. Alexander, trainmaster of the Hazard division.
The injured were William Perkins, 43, fireman; Floyde Mayse, 51, engineer, and Eli Sumner, 49, head brakeman. All three received severe abrasions but were released immediately following treatment at the Hazard hospital, Mr. Alexander stated. The were occupying the engine of the Leatherwood train and escaped serious injury by leaping from the engine. Members of the Neon caboose crew escaped injury when they jumped from the car.
The caboose and flat car of the Neon train were demolished and burned immediately after the wreck occurred, Mr. Alexander said. Another coal car on the train and the engine of the Leatherwood train received considerable damage, in addition to some 50 to 75 feet of track which was torn up.
Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY 23 Jun 1945