Crooksville, OH Passenger Train Wreck, Feb 1896

BAD WRECK ON THE CINCINNATI & MUSKIGUM VALLEY RAILROAD.

BAGGAGEMASTER FISHER KILLED, AND EIGHT OTHER PERSONS INJURED.

TWO OF THE WOUNDED MAY DIE -- ACCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR CROOKSVILLE
THE ENGINE STRUCK A MISPLACED SWITCH THROWING IT OVER AN EMBANKMENT.

Zanesville, O., Feb. 11. -- A passenger train on the Cincinnati & Muskingum Valley Railroad, due here at 11:30 a.m., was wrecked near Crooksville, a few minutes after 11 o'clock Monday morning.
THOS. L. FISHER, Trinway, O., the baggagemaster, was instantly killed and eight others were injured, two of whom will probably die.
Injured:
ALONZO SHRIGLEY, engineer, Zanesville, injured about the head and chest; probably will die.
Capt. JOHN BELL, mail agent, Morrowtown, serious internal injuries; may die.
JOS. PORTER, fireman, internal injuries.
ISAAC JONES, Zanesville, coal operator, passenger, left leg broken above ankle.
DAVID LENHART, Zanesville, passenger, arm broken and slight internal injuries about chest.
D. ATKINSON, brakeman, Lancaster, cuts about head, leg and ribs broken.
THOMAS DAVIS, fireman, Zanesville, slight injuries.
FRANK TANNER, passenger, Roseville, bodily injuries.
The accident occurred about half way between Crooksville and Roseville while the train was running at the rate of 25 miles an hour, and was caused by a misplaced switch, which had been left partially open by a sectionman who had been cleaning away snow and ice from around the switch. As the engine struck the switch it left the rails and together with a combination baggage and mail car rolled down an embankment 15 feet in height. Baggagemaster FISHER and Mail Agent BELL were caught under the falling car, the former being instantly killed, while BELL received very serious internal injuries.
Engineer SHRIGLEY went down with the falling engine, and was badly crushed about the chest. He is in a very critical condition. Fireman PORTER was thrown from the cab of the engine and received internal injuries.
The injured passengers were in the smoking car, which left the track, but did not go over the embankment. Their injuries were caused by being thrown against the seats.
The injured were brought to this city on a special train Monday afternoon.

Marietta Daily Leader Ohio 1896-02-12