Lawyer, VA Train Wreck, Nov 1906


Limited Collided With Special Private Train.


Four Killed and Many Injured. Spencer's Body Burned in the Wreck.

By Associated Press.

LYNCHBURG, Va., Nov. 29.--President Samuel Spencer of the Southern railway was killed and his body burned beyond recognition at Lawyer, Va., eleven miles south of here, at 6:30 o'clock this morning. Phillip Schuyler of New York, of Mr. Spencer's party, was also killed, as was Mr. Spencer's special train dispatcher, E. W. Davis of Alexandria, Va., and Engineer Terry. One man not yet identified was also killed and eight negoes injured, one probably fatally. The accident resulted from a collision between train No. 37, Washington and southwestern vestibuled limited, which ran into the rear end of train No. 33, known as the Jacksonville limited. President Spencer's private car was entirely burned.

Special to The Telegram.

LYNCHBURG, Va., Nov. 29.--President Spencer and a party of friends were in the officer's car at the end of the train. Spencer was about 60 years of age and had control of one of the largest systems in the world. He was the right hand man of J. P. Morgan and it is said has done more toward merging railroads of the south than any other man. He contributes thousands to southern technical schools.

Special to The Telegram.

WASHINGTON, D. C., Nov. 29.--The Southern railway issued the following regarding the wreck of the Southern railway passenger train, No. 33 which left Washington last night late on account of the congested holiday traffic: "About 6:30 o'clock this morning at Lawyer, Va., the train stopped for repairs. Passenger Engine No. 37, following, being given a clear block, ran into the rear of No. 33, resulting in a serious wreck."

By Associated Press.

NEW YORK, Nov. 29.--Samuel Spencer, president of the Southern Railway Company, who was killed in a wrecked train on the Southern railway near Lynchburg today, was a resident of Washington, but his business headquarters are in this city.

He was one of the most prominent railroad men in the United States and for twenty years had been at the head of one or more great railroad enterprises. At the time of his death, in addition to the Southern, he was president and director in the Alabama Great Southern Railroad Company, Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway Company, Georgia Southern and Florida Railway Company and Mobile and Ohio Railway Company. He was also director of the Central Railway of Georgia, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railway, Erie Railroad Company, Northern Pacific Company and other corporations. Mr. Spencer was president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company in 1887 and 1888 and was later appointed receiver for the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company and for the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway Company. He was a member of the rapid transit commission of this city from 1891 to 1894. Mr. Spencer was born in Columbus, Ga., in 1847 and was educated in the University of Georgia and the University of Virginia.

In 1872 he married Louisa Vivian Benning at Columbus, Ga.

By Associated Press.

LYNCHBURG, Va., Nov. 29.--Before the collision between train No. 33, the Jacksonville express and train No. 37, the Washington and southwestern vestibuled limited, the Jacksonville train stopped on a heavy grade a mile north of the Lawyer depot, to repair a slight breakdown and before the flagman could get back to protect the train the Atlanta train dashed into it. The heavy engine of the train plowed into the private car of President Spencer, in which he and his guests are supposed to have been sleeping.