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Hattiesburg, MS Train Wreck, May 1912

Wreckage of Passenger Train

TRAIN WRECKED IN MISSISSIPPI.

A SPECIAL ON WAY TO CONFEDERATE REUNION LEAVES THE TRACK CAUSING NUMBER OF DEATHS.

BODIES STILL UNDER THE WRECKAGE.

VICTIMS NUMBERS A DOZEN OR MORE -- TWO WOMEN AND TWO LITTLE GIRLS AMONG THE DEAD -- SEVERAL TRAINMEN KILLED -- FIVE BODIES ARE KNOWN TO BE IN THE DEBRIS OF THE WRECK.

New Orleans, May 6. -- Four trainmen and three passengers were killed and a number of passengers were hurt when the first section of a special train carrying confederate veterans from Texas to the reunion at Macon, Ga., was wrecked this morning on the New Orleans and Northeastern railroad near Hattiesburg, Miss. The engine and five coaches were derailed and turned over.
The dead passengers are supposed to be confederate veterans.
Engineer W. A. WOODS and his negro fireman were killed. Two other employes of the railroad who were riding on the engine were killed.
The train was running thirty miles an hour when the engine left the track carrying with it a day coach, chair car and three tourist sleepers. Two of the sleepers went through a trestle.

Later Details.
Doctors and nurses reached the wreck scene within half an hour after the first news reached here. Living comrades of the dead and injured veterans, however, had not forgotten lessons learned on the battlefield, and their attention to the dead and ministrations to the wounded were prompt.
With the help of the members of the train crew whose lives were spared, the passengers soon had all of the injured removed to the cars that stood on the tracks and had gathered the corpses of as many of the dead as it was possible to reach before a wrecking derrick arrived to life the debris from those pinioned beneath it.
The dead:
MRS. CHAS. L. AMES, Bay Springs, Tex.
MRS. JAMES CAMERON, Henderson, Tex.
Two Unidentified Girls, aged 3 and 5 (parents thought to be under wreck).
Engineer "BILLY" WOOD, Hattiesburg.
Fireman C. C. JONES, negro, Meridian.
DR. BOONE, MR. DENHAM and one other man from Mansfield, La., are missing and thought to be under the wreckage.
Five bodies positively are known to be under the wreckage.

The Mansfield News Ohio 1912-05-06



article | by Dr. Radut