Ada, OH Train Collision In Snowstorm, Jan 1903

Ada Main Street early 1900's The PA Depot in Ada

HE COULDN'T SEE FOR THE SNOWSTORM.

TWO PENNSYLVANIA TRAINS CRASH TOGETHER ON THE MAIN STREET OF ADA, OHIO, AND THREE ARE KILLED AND FOURTEEN OR MORE ARE MORE OR LESS INJURED -- SEVERE STORM RAGING.

Ada, Ohio, Jan. 8. -- Three men are dead and 14 or more other persons were injured, one fatally, as the result of a collision between two trains on the Pennsylvania system on the main street of the city at 5 o'clock this evening.
The dead:
JOSEPH STEIN, Fort Wayne, Ind.
M. POOL, Fort Wayne, Ind.
ALONZO HARLEY, Van Wert, Ohio.
The injured:
W. A. FREEZE, Chicago.
J. J. CASEY, Toledo; cannot recover.
MR. and MRS. DEUSELMAN and little daughter of Van Wert.
PETER TRACY, conductor of train No. 35.
CURTIS McELROY, Ada.
ANDREW BRUNNER, Fort Wayne, Ind.
M. GEISEL, Ottawa.
WALTER KLINGER, Ada.
W. B. BLACKBURN, baggagemaster of No. 35.
GUY KINGSBURY, editor of the Dunkirk Standard.
BENJAMIN ZOOKE, Fort Wayne.
E. J. BURDETTE, Dayton, Ohio.
Train No. 35, westbount for Fort Wayne, started out of the station, but at the Main street crossing was compelled to stop on account of some accident to the air brake. A flagman was sent back to notify No. 19, a fast train going in the same direction and which was several minutes late. On account of a driving snowstorm the engineer of No. 19 was unable to see the signal in time to slacken his speed, and his engine crashed into the rear coach of No. 35 while running at the rate of 40 miles an hour.
No. 35 consisted of two coaches, the rear one being a combination baggage and passenger car, with another passenger car in front. Both were telescoped, and scarcely a passenger escaped injury of some sort. The engineer and fireman of No. 19 also were slightly injured, but not enough to prevent them from rendering immediate assistance to those who were in distress. The engine of No. 19 was almost demolished, but the cars behind it were not damaged in the least and none of the passengers were bruised.

Anaconda Standard Montana 1903-01-09