Columbus, OH Train Wreck, Aug 1911
50 Persons Hurt in Big Four Wreck
Five Cars Ditched When New England Special Strikes Switch Near Columbus, Ohio.
Running 40 Miles an Hour.
Physician On Train Uses Dining Car Table Linen For Bandages-Columbus Sends Aid.
Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 18.- Fifty persons were injured, some of them seriously, to-day when Big Four Train 46, one of the fastest trains in the service, was ditched near the Ohio State Hospital for the Insane, just west of Columbus. The most seriously injured are:
DRODALL, ALBERT, Cincinnati, chef on dining car; back injured.
DICKERSON, STANLEY, Columbus, fireman.
HEMINGER, MABEL, 7 years old, Mount Carmel, Ill.; left arm torn off.
NOE, J.S., Columbus, Ohio, engineer.
ROUGH, MRS. C.E., Dayton, Ohio; back hurt.
SHARP, MISS MINNIE, Dayton, Ohio; head cut.
WUEST, MRS. CALLIE, Dayton, Ohio; jaw broken.
The most seriously injured is MABEL HEMINGER, 7 years old, of Mount Carmel, Ill., whose left arm was torn off and head severely bruised. Her mother, sister and two brothers also were cut and bruised.
The wrecked train is known as the New York & New England Special, and left Cincinnati at 8:30 for New York, being due in Columbus at 11:40 a.m.
It was made up of a mail car, baggage car, three day coaches, a diner and two Pullmans. As the train rounded a curve at the Grand View Avenue crossing of the Toledo & Ohio Central tracks the front trunks of the second day coach climbed a switch point and the car was derailed.
Bumping over the ties at the rate of forty miles an hour, the derailed coach pulled the other coaches from the track, and two of the coaches toppled over a ten-foot embankment.
It was nearly an hour after the accident that the report reached the police. In the meantime the injured were taken into near-by homes and given treatment. Then came the call for the physicians, and all the available ambulances in the city and police patrols were rushed to the scene.
Before the ambulances arrived persons living nearby had extricated all the wreck victims. A relief train brought twelve injured passengers to this city. None of these was seriously hurt.
DR. C.H. BAUMGARDNER of Selma, Ohio, was on the train and helped care for the injured. He was without bandages, and table linen was taken off the dining car tables and torn into strips to bind cuts.
The New York Times, New York, NY 19 Aug 1911