Harrisburg, NC Train Collision, Apr 1897
AWFUL HEAD-END COLLISION BY PASSENGER TRAINS.
SEVERAL PERSONS ARE KILLED.
THE LOCAL TRAIN ON THE SOUTHERN RAILROAD FAILS TO MAKE A SIDING ACCORDING TO ORDERS AND THE RESULT WAS A TERRIFIC CRASH WITH THE THROUGH EXPRESS -- PASSENGERS ESCAPE INJURIES.
Charlotte, N.C., April 12. -- Northbound Florida special on the Southern railway No. 36 and local southbound passenger train No. 11 collided at 11:15 a.m. at Harrisburg, 13 miles north of this city, killing three persons and wounding six.
T. CLINGMAN BENTON, of Charlotte, 35, postal clerk on No. 11.
TITUS EUDY, of Forest Hill, Concord.
WILL DONALDSON, fireman on No. 36.
J. C. KINNEY, of Thomasville, engineer on No. 11, is fatally scalded.
The northbound special was late in leaving Charlotte, but was given the right of way, its orders being to pass the local train at Harrisburg, where there is a siding.
No. 11 had slowed up preparatory to taking this siding and was but 100 yards from the north end of the switch, when the express, running at 45 miles an hour, dashed into it. The two engines came together with a terrific crash which resembled a sharp crack of thunder.
Just previous to the collision Engineer TUNSTALL applied the airbrakes and jumped. Many of the passengers on No. 36 were thrown from the seats, but none of them were hurt. The two express cars on the northbound train were shattered into thousands of pieces and soon after the accident the postal of the local caught fire, but by the use of chemicals the flames were extinguished.
Postal Clerk BENTON suffered a horrible death. His legs were pinioned so close to the boiler of one of the engines that he was being burned by the heat and steam. He begged piteously to his rescuers to cut off his legs and extricate him. Although every effort was made to release the suffering man it was an hour and a half before he was taken out. He lived but 15 minutes longer.
Fireman DONALDSON and JOHN EUDY were found in the center of the wreck. KINNEY was taken from the wreck alive, but is so badly scalded that he is not expected to live. The wounded are being cared for in this city.
Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1897-04-12