Piedmont, WV Train Wreck, Dec 1903

KILLS FIVE TRAINMEN

TWO ENGINES ON BALTIMORE AND OHIO OVERTURN ON GRADE NEAR PIEDMONT, W. VA.

Piedmont, W. Va., Dec. 13--Five trainmen were killed and several severely injured by the overturning of two enginies attached to a heavy Baltimore and Ohio freight train on the Seventeen-Mile Grade today near this city.

The dead:
ERNEST D. ERVIN, engineer, aged 28 years, Cumberland, Md.
EMERY ERVIN, engineer, aged 56, Tunnelton, W. Va.
WALTER B. MINE, fireman, aged 32, Terre Alta, W. Va.
J. V. CARTER, fireman, aged 28, North Carolina (boarded in Cumberland).
JOHN HAYS, brakeman, aged 23, Staunton, Va.

Engineer Michael J. Gibbon, 30 years of age, of Cumberland, Md., was fatally crushed but is still alive.

While descending the grade the train, to which were attached, two engines, left the track. The engines and nearly all of the twenty-four loaded cars tumbled into a deep ravine, carrying the trainment with them.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 14 Dec 1903

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FIVE MEN KILLED IN A WRECK
A BAD ACCIDENT ON THE B & O

Among the Dead is Fireman J.E. CARTER, of North Carolina--

While Descending a Heavy Grade Two Engines Attached to the Train Were Overturned and, With Nearly All of 24 Loaded Cars, Tumbled Into a Ravine.

Piedmont, W. Va., Dec. 13.-- Five men were killed and several
injured by the overturning of two engines, attached to a heavy
Baltimore & Ohio freight train on the seventeen-mile grade
to-day, near this city.

The dead are:
Engineer ERNEST D. ERVIN, 28 years old, Cumberland, Md.
Engineer EMERY ERVIN, 56, of Tunnellton, W. Va.
Fireman WALTER MINER, 326
Fireman J. E. CARTER, 28, North Carolina
Brakeman, JOHN HAYS, 23, Staunton, Va.

The more seriously injured were:
Engineer Michael J. Gibobn (sic), 30 years old, of Cumberland,
Md., fatally crushed.
Fireman E. C. Bnckler, Terra Alta, W. Va., legs, arms and head cut
and bruised.
Brakeman B. F. Bollinger, Grafton, W. Va., seriously wounded.

While descending the seventeen-mile grad, the train, to which were
attached two engines, left the track. The engines and nearly all of
the 24 loaded cars, tumbled, into a ravine, and took all the trainmen
with them. The tracks were torn up for nearly a hundred yards, but,
it is thought, traffic will be resumed late to-night.

Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC 14 Dec 1903