Sadler, NC train wreck, Jun 1914


Fireman T. Gales Pickard and Engineer Lose Their Lives in Wreck of No. 29.

Danville, Va., June 14. - Engineer John Wingate of Danville, and Fireman Pickard of Southern train No. 29, bound from New York to Birmingham, Ala., were killed in a derailment at Sadler, N. C., about 15 miles north of here this morning.

The wreck occurred at 12:28 and was caused by the engine splitting a switch. The engine left the track and rolled down an embankment for 10 feet or more. Fireman Pickard was instantly killed and his body has not yet been recovered from beneath the wreckage. Wingate was removed from the debris badly scalded and othersiwe injured and died about 1 o'clock.

All of the coaches except the last three left the track but no passengers or other members of the crew are reported injured. A hospital corps was rushed to the scene from Reidsville, and wreckig crews sent from Monroe, Va., and Spencer.

Thirty rail lengths of track, about 900 feet, was torn up. Careful inquiry by the train officials and a trip through the train results in report that no passengers were injured. Six cars were derailed, but not turned over. Fireman Pickard was caught between engine and tender.

The Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC 14 Jun 1914