Manassas, VA Freight Trains Crash, Mar 1944

Courier Journal newspaper, Louisville, KY

Freight Trains' Crash Kills 5

Manassas, VA, March 2 (UP) - Five train crewmen were killed in a collision of two Chesapeake & Ohio Railway freight trains near here today, Fairfax County police reported.

The collision occurred before noon on the Southern Railway tracks a few miles from Manassas, the police report said. Manassas is twenty miles southeast of Washington.

The victims all from Charlottesville, VA, were identified as H. H. MORRIS, brakeman; EMMETT JAMISON, Brakeman; CHARLES F. KING, Conductor; R. Y. WRIGHT, fireman; ROY TURNER, Engineer.

Southern Railway officials said the first C & O train had stopped for a red signal and had just started up again when the train following piled into it. The second train's engine and twelve cars loaded with coal were derailed.