Coshocton, OH Train Collision, Aug 1892
SIX WERE KILLED.
TERRIBLE RESULT OF A RAILWAY SMASHUP IN OHIO.
A TRAIN COLLIDES WITH EMPTY CARS.
IN ADDITION TO THE LOSS OF HALF A DOZEN LIVES, FIFTEEN PERSONS WERE INJURED -- THE DISASTER CAUSED BY AN OPEN SWITCH.
Coshocton, O., Aug. 17. -- A terrible accident occurred Monday evening on the Toledo, Walhonding Valley & Ohio railway, a branch of the Pennsylvania system now in course of construction, 6 miles north of here, at a point known as Richeson's gravel pit. Six human beings were crushed to death and fifteen others seriously injured.
The list of killed is as follows:
FRANK GALLI, an Italian, aged 44, head crushed.
WILLIAM RAFFERTY, aged 50, head crushed.
JOHN BARRY, Newburg, O., aged 56, head crushed.
JOSEPH BYCROFT, Burlington, Vt., aged 28, throat torn and body crushed.
JOHN HALLINGER, aged 50, head crushed and disemboweled.
JOHN FLYNN, aged 25, back broken.
Cause Of The Accident.
The cause of the accident was briefly as follows:
A construction train in charge of Conductor Humphrey and Engineer Clyde White has been engaged in hauling gravel from the pit. The killed and injured were engaged in ballasting the roadway at a point three miles north of the pit. After the last train had been unloaded the men boarded the cars which were being pushed ahead of the engine to come to their boarding camp, a few hundred yards south of the gravel pit, which was to be passed without stopping, the switch was open and the train entered the siding and collided with some empty cars standing on the pit. The greater number of the workmen were seated on the first and second cars, and when the long train turned in upon the spur had no opportunity to jump. Ten of the cars were piled in a mass of debris and beneath this the poor mortals were crushed. It required two hours to extricate some of the dead and injured.
The men were in the employ of McArthur Brothers, contractors, and when Superintendent Wells was asked for the cause of the accident he said somebody left the switch open.
Logansport Report Indiana 1892-08-17