Sumter, SC Train Wreck, Aug 1915
A Northwestern Railroad of South Carolina mixed train was wrecked about five miles out of Sumter shortly after 11 o'clock this morning, and four white persons and several negroes were badly injured.
Probably the worst injured was CAPT. JOHN D. BOWEN, in charge of the train. He sustained a bad scalp wound and it is thought at least one rib is broken. MRS. MOODY of Horatio suffered a broken collar bone. MR. MERCER, a lineman for the Western Union suffered a flesh wound on his arm. L.S. JENNINGS of Sumter was badly bruised about the head. TOM TAYLOR, a negro, one of the oldest employees of the Northwestern, was bruised about the head and his leg was badly mashed.
The wreck occurred near White's siding, a flag stop about five miles out towards Camden, to which point the train was bound. The exact cause of the wreck is not known, but it is thought that it was caused by a broken truck under one of the freight cars. The train was made up of three box cars, an oil car, a white passenger car and a combination negro and baggage car. Every one of the cars left the track and turned over sideways into the ditch. Only the engine remained standing on the track. The roadway was torn up for about 200 yards, and it is doubtful if any more trains can be run over the line for at least two or thee days. The cars are probably too badly demolished for further use, being old anyway.
Soon after news of the wreck reached this city a special train was dispatched to the scene to bring in the wounded. J.N. BRADHAM, a farmer, who lives near the scene of the wreck, was the first spectator to reach the overturned train and assisted the women passengers in climbing out of the coach, and, with others who had come up in the meantime, helped carry them to a nearby farm house. He says that when he went to CAPT. BOWEN's assistnance, the conductor urged him to go to the assistance of the women and leave him till the last. CAPT. BOWEN is very popular here and his many friends heard of his misfortune this morning with a great deal of regret. Several years ago, before coming to Sumter to take charge of this run, he was badly injured in a wreck on the Seaboard road.
The (Columbia, SC) State, August 25, 1915