Oakland, OH Train Wreck, May 1923

ENGINEER DEAD AS TWO TRAINS CRASH

Score of Passengers Injured In Wreck on Lake Erie and Western Road

LIMA, OHIO, May 16.--That the hand of a dead enginner rested on the trottle[sic] of the engine pulling passenger train No. 2 on the Lake Erie and Western railroad when it crashed head on into a freight train at Oakland, between Coldwater and Fort Recovery, Ohio, this afternoon, is the belief of officials. More than a score of passengers were injured.

George Bassler, 61, of Lima, the engineer, is believed to have been striken[sic] with apoplexy as the train speeded northward.

P. G. Early, Lima, fireman on the passenger train, seeing the impeding collision, yelled to Bassler to "shut her off," according to word brought back from the wreck. Bassler made no reply, it is said, nor made no move to shut off the power of the locomotive.

Oakland, it is stated, is a regular meeting place for the passenger and the freight. Orders had been issued to both trains Chief Dispatcher Brown said. The passenger train had orders to take the siding.

Relatives of Bassler tonight said he had been ill for some time but apparently had recovered sufficiently to resume his run.

A relief train carrying physicians was rushed to Oakland from Lima. The more seriously hurt were moved to the Lima City hospital. None of the injured will die, it is said.

Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL 15 May 1923

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