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Ankeytown, OH Train Wreck, Sept 1888

Jumped The Switch.

A Passenger Train on the Baltimore and Ohio Road Collides With a Freight.

The Engine of the Freight Train Explodes and Many Passengers Are Badly Scalded.

Four Killed and Thirty-Two Injured, Three of Whom Will Probably Die-Other Casualties.

Mansfield, Ohio, Sept. 15.-The Baltimore and Ohio north bound passenger train on No. 9, due in this city at 5:55 a.m., jumped the switch at Ankeytown siding, 25 miles south of this city, and collided with a freight train on the siding. The mail car, followed by the express car and two day coaches, struck the engine and rolled over on their sides, badly wrecked. Almost immediately the freight engine exploded, throwing wreckage in all directions. The two coaches contained 110 passengers, nearly all returning from the encampment at Columbus. The hot water and steam from the boiler poured into the coaches and the passengers that had not been hurt by broken timbers were scalded. The engine on the passenger train, which, with two express cars had safely passed the switch, was immediately taken to Independence and Bellevue, and all the doctors in these places were taken to the wreck. The passengers who were not held down by timbers crawled out of the windows, and by the time the doctors had reached the spot all but four or five were out of the broken coaches. Mr. Edward Valentine, of Chicago, and F. Luckens, the express messenger agent, were fairly pinned under the wreckage. Harry Tomlinson, the freight engineer, was standing on the sidetrack next to the passenger train, and he was found between the tender and boiler of his engine with the front part of his head blown off. He was unmarried and resided at Newark, Ohio, with his mother. David Wilson, the baggage master, was found doubled up alongside the freight train with his neck broken and his skull crushed. He has a wife and two children having at Sandusky. Mrs. Edward Valentine, of 684 Madison Street, Chicago, and William Gransley, of Shawnee, a brakeman on the freight cannot live. The dead men were laid on cots alongside the track, and the wounded were taken to houses nearby. The only persons injured were in the day coaches. The sleepers did not leave the track. The injured are thirty two, three of whom are likely to die.

Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD 16 Sept 1888



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