Lynchburg, VA Train Wreck, Dec 1906
PRESIDENT SPENCER DIES IN RAILROAD WRECK.
Head of the Southern and Three Guests Meet Death.
OPERATOR'S ERROR THE CAUSE
Rear End Collision on President's Own Line Claims Seven Victims â€“ General PHILLIP SCHUYLER, of New York, Perishes by Fire.
Lynchburg, Va. -- SAMUEL SPENCER, president of the Southern Railway, one of the foremost railroad men of the country and friend and associate of J. PIERPONT MORGAN for a score of years, was killed on his own railroad in a Thanksgiving Day horror that probably has never been equalled[sic].
General PHILLIP SCHUYLER, grandson of General SCHUYLER, of Revolutionary fame and grandnephew of ALEXANDER HAMILTON, who was accompanying President SPENCER on a hunting trip to the latter's lodge at Friendship, N. C., also lost his life in the rear end collision, in which seven persons were killed and eleven seriously injured.
The seven lives were crushed out in the private care of President SPENCER.
MR. SPENCER was killed instantly while he slept and his body was charred almost beyond recognition by the flames that consumed his car immediately after the collision.
President SAMUEL SPENCER, New York City;
General PHILIP SCHUYLER, New York City;
CHARLES D.. FISHER, Baltimore;
FRANCIS T. REDWOOD, Baltimore;
D. W. DAVIS, of Alexandria, Va., private dispatcher to President SPENCER;
J. W. SHAW, colored, Spencer, N. C., fireman, badly crushed and both legs broken, died later in Lynchburg hospital.
An Unknown Person, whose head and limbs are burned off short, who is believed to the the third porter on the private car.
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