Cameron, WV Train Wreck, Apr 1889
RODE TO THEIR DOOM.
TWO TRAMPS CAUGHT IN A RAILWAY WRECK.
PINNED IN A CAR AND ROASTED.
A FRIGHTFUL DISASTER ON THE BALTIMORE AND OHIO.
Baltimore, April 2. -- The Sun's special from Wheeling, W. Va., says: One of the most disastrous accidents that has occurred on the Baltimore and Ohio for a long time was reported from Cameron, Marshall County, at an early hour yesterday morning. Two men were roasted to death and a third wounded, and seventeen freight cars were demolished and burned. The accident occurred at the bridge crossing Hart's Run, five miles east of Cameron. Fast freight No. 88, in charge of Conductor WILLIAM DEAN, west-bound, rounded the sharp curve just east of the bridge at 2:30 o'clock. The engineer, DOMINICK KELLY, saw that the bridge was in flames.
Efforts to check the train being hopeless, KELLY put on all steam in the hope of dashing across. His engine reached the other side in safety, but just as it did so the bridge collapsed and the train was piled up in the fire and was consumed. KELLY and his fireman, JOHN CHADDOCK, were uninjured. Brakeman BUD WEY was severely wounded by jumping off. In a box-car three tramps had taken up their quarters and went down with the wreck. One of them was rescued, but the other two were roasted to death, being pinned down in the car by freight and timber in such a way as to make their escape impossible. Their names are unknown, but they belong in Philadelphia.
Evening Gazette Sterling Illinois 1889-04-02