Amherst, OH Train Wreck, Mar 1916 - Thirty Killed
THIRTY KILLED IN WRECK IN OHIO
THREE TRAINS COME TOGETHER WHEN SIGNAL IS OBSCURED BY HEAVY FOG.
Alleged That Towerman Had Been Waiting on Sick Wife When Not on Duty and That He Failed to Give Signals.
Cleveland, O. --- With a toll of at least thirty persons dead and forty or more injured, federal and state officials and officials of the railroad company have begun an investigation into the cause which early Wednesday led to one of the most disastrous wrecks in the history of the New York Central system.
Three trains, including the Twentieth Century Limited, westbound, the New York Central's palatial flyer, and two sections of No. 86, known as the Chicago-Pittsburgh Limited, east bound, came together in collision near Amherst, O., thirty-seven miles west of Cleveland.
Reports generally credited were that the first and second sections of No. 86 were proceeding at a rapid rate and at some points were only a mile or so apart. When the second section crashed into the first section, the Twentieth Century plowed into the wreckage of the first two trains, which bulged over from the parallel tracks, and the three were thrown together into a mass of debris.
A heavy fog from Lake Erie had settled down over northern Ohio. This, with the alleged failure of a tower man to do his duty under the rules, was ascribed by some of the railroad officials as the cause of the disaster. The towerman, it was said, had been without sleep most of the time, since Sunday night, his wife being ill and requiring his attention when he was not on duty.
Rich County News Utah 1916-04-08