Findlay, OH Train Wreck, Mar 1892

HORRIBLY HURT IN A WRECK.

A FIREMAN RECEIVES INJURIES THAT WILL PROBABLY KILL HIM.

Findlay, O., March 22. -- An exciting and at the same time disastrous wreck occurred yesterday on the Findlay, Ft. Wayne and Western railroad two miles west of West Park, a suburb of Findlay. The engine, tender, passenger coach, smoking car and baggage car are all more or less wrecked, the engine being very badly damaged. Eight passengers were in the passenger car, three of them ladies, one of whom was carrying a baby in her arms.

Miraculous Escape of Passengers.
All of these escaped without injury, which is considered miraculous. The fireman, ALEXANDER SHANNON, jumped from the engine before it turned over and received serious injuries. THe entire top portion of his scalp was torn open to the skull, the skin falling over his face. Besides the injuries to his head, his lips were cut open, his front teeth knocked out and his arms and legs badly cut and bruised. He is not expected to live.
The engineer, E. K. WHITT, remained on the engine, and was thrown through the top of the cab down an embankment and into a swamp near the track, which saved him from being killed outright. The accident was caused by an obstruction of a chunk of wood on the track.

Evening Gazette Sterling Illinois 1892-03-22