Montgomery Station, OH Railroad Collision, Aug 1873
THE LATEST RAILWAY DISASTER.
ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS OF THE COLLISION ON THE MARIETTA AND CINCINNATI ROAD.
Cincinnati, Aug. 22 -- The pasengers by the west-bound train on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad, which did not arrive here until 1:40 o'clock this morning, bring in the main confirmatory accounts of the collision near Montgomery Station, with some additional particulars. The Hillsboro and Loveland accommodation-train left Montgomery Station on time. The freight-train bound from Chillicothe to this city was behind time. It is said the conductor's watch was fifteen minutes slow, and, in addition, it is intimated that the engineer, with whom he had some hard words at Loveland, said he would get himinto difficulty before he got to Cincinnati. At any rate, the freight-train started out and the two trains met on a curve. Both engines reared upward and stood almost erect. The baggage-cars following, the passenger-coaches remained on the track, but the shock to the passengers was terrible. CHARLES ROTHER remained on the engine with his father, the engineer, and was crushed between the fire-box and tender. The father escaped without apparently serious bodily injury, but was so much moved by the excitement of the disaster that he came away from the wreck with disordered mind. The brakeman, in response to the signal, "Down brakes," was assisting the baggage-master to wind up his brake when the shock came, and both were crushed to death. WALTER RHODES, express messenger, and brother of J. R. RHODES, Superintendent of Adams Express in this city, received injuries from which he died just after reaching the Cincinnati Depot this morning, making four deaths in all.
The New York Times New York 1873-08-23