Caldwells Station, NC Train Wreck, July 1917

TO PROBE TRAIN WRECKING.

CORONER WILL SIFT FACTS OF SPIKE DRAWING THAT KILLED 2 IN N.C.

Charlotte, N.C., July 17. -- A coroner's investigation has been ordered for Wednesday morning to determine the cause of the wrecking of a Southern Railway passenger train at Caldwells Station this morning, in which two were killed and two hurt.
The dead are Fireman ERNEST KELLER of Barbers Junction, and J. E. WALKER, of Statesville, a negro passenger. W. E. SLOAN, of Statesville, a passenger, and Engineer J. C. LANYOEX, of Charlotte, were injured, and several passengers more or less bruised.
That the train was willfully wrecked is generally accepted. It apparently was done by drawing the spikes for a distance of several yards with tools which had been stolen from the section house at Huntersville, a mile and a half away. The tools were found hidden in a briar thicket near where the wreck occurred.

The Washington Post District of Columbia 1917-07-18