Kollock, SC Train Collision, Dec 1945

6 DEAD IN TRAIN CRASH.

SILVER METEOR HITS NEW YORK BOUND SUN QUEEN IN HEAVY FOG.

Kollock, S.C., Dec. 17 -- (UP) -- Heavy Winter fog was blamed today for the broadside crash of the luxury train Silver Meteor into the New York bound SSun QUeen near here yesterday.
There were six known dead and at least 62 persons were injured when the Florida-bound Meteor crashed into the middle of the Queen as it pulled onto a siding to clear the tracks.
The dead:
One soldier (name withheld).
Two sailors (names withheld).
Meteor Engineer W. W. SHOEMAKER of Raleigh, N.C.
Porter JAMES T. FERRELL of Richmond, Va.
PERRY C. REESE, Alexandria, Va., a passenger.
Officials of the Seaboard AIr Line Railway said an early investigation showed that SHOEMAKER didn't see the Sun Queen coaches until it was too late. Survivors reported there was a heavy pre-dawn fog.
SHOEMAKER'S train was roaring southward as the first section of the Silver Meteor. The Sun Queen was pulling onto the Kollock siding.
All but the last five coaches of the Queen were on the siding when the few passengers not asleep saw the Meteor's headlight burst out of the fog. A second later there was a grinding crash as the south-bound engine plowed into the front end of the fifth coach from the end.
FERREL'S body was buried in the earth by the force of the impact. The Meteor's diesel engine crashed right through the coach, plowing up steel rails and crossties as if they were kindling.
Pine trees along the right of way were snapped off at the roots as the huge locomotive skidded to stop on its side.
Four sleepers of the Meteor left the track but remained upright. None of the Meteor passengers were reported injured.
The smashed coach was crowded with servicemen, women and children. It came to rest, a mass of twisted steel, at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment. Rescuers had to cut through the wreckage with acetylene torches to reach FERREL'S body.
FERRELL was the porter in the coach which the Meteor struck. Most of the dead were taken from that coach.

Monessen Daily Independent Pennsylvania 1945-12-17

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DEATH TOLL PLACED AT SIX IN CRASH OF FLORIDA TRAINS.

Kollock, S.C. (AP) -- The collision of the Seaboard Air Line's Florida-bound Silver Meteor and north-bound Sun Queen here in the sub-freezing pre-dawn Sunday cost six lives and left many still hospitilized yesterday.
It was first feared that more had been killed but General Manager J. C. WROTON of the Seaboard at Norfolk, after a check yesterday, placed the death toll at six.
The Sun Queen was pulling into a siding at this northeast South Carolina hamlet at 3:45 a.m. when the Meteor, racing through the darkness, crashed into it, derailing five cars on each train and the Meteor's locomotive.
WROTON said that W. W. SHOEMAKER of Raleigh, N.C., Silver Meteor engineer, apparently
"lost his life because he failed to see that the northbound train was not clear of the main tracks."
WROTON said an investigation was underway.
The Dead:
W. W. SHOEMAKER, Meteor's engineer.
JAMES FERRELL of Richmond, Va., Sun Queen porter.
PERRY CLAYTON REESE, Alexandria, Va.
FRANK G. TURNER, discharged Army staff sergeant of Gibsonis, Pa.
Two Sailors whose names were withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Many of the more than 60 injured had been discharged from hospitlas at Hamlet, N.C., Bennettsville, S.C. and the Laurinburg-Maxton (N.C.) Army Air base.
Four were reported seriously hurt. Three were servicemen whose names were not revealed at Laurinburg-Maxton. The other was MOSES COPPEGE, Richmond, Va., porter, who had a compound leg fracture and internal injuries at the Hamlet hospital.

The Troy Record New York 1945-12-18