Eufaula, AL Train Wreck, Nov 1913
Because of the isolation of the place where the wreck occurred, and the confusion which necessarily prevailed, identification of the dead and wounded was slow. Not until tonight were the names of a majority of those killed known with certainty.
Tonight many of the injured were brought here from Clayton, those suffering most being rushed to local hospitals by a special train. Others were transported by automobiles, carriages and other vehicles. A majority of the injured sustained painful scratches and bruises from splintered woodwork and cuts from flying glass. There were many, however, who suffered broken bones and similar hurts of a dangerous nature.
Railroad officials tonight issued a statement here in which they ascribed the wreck to a broken rail. It was announced that an investigation will at once be instituted by officers of the Central of Georgia, with a view of definitely fixing the blame for the accident.
The Atlanta Constitution Georgia 1913-11-14
HURLED DOWN AN EMBANKMENT
Rear Coaches of Excursion Train Whipped Off the Track.
SCORE DEAD, HUNDRED HURT.
Disaster Occurred White the Train Was Rounding a Curve and Going at a High Rate of Speed - Fifteen Bodies Recovered and More Are Buried in the Debris â€“ Nearly All of the Victims Whites.
Clayton, Ala., Nov. 14 - Perhaps a score were killed and 100 persons injured, many seriously and at least six fatally, when a Central of Georgia excursion train was wrecked three miles from here. Fifteen bodies have been removed from the wreckage, and it is thought there are several more buried in the debris. Nearly all the dead and injured were whites.
The train was running from Ozark, bound for Eufala, where the Barbour county fair is being held. It was late and going at a high rate of speed. While turning a sharp curve, the three rear coaches of the five-car train, all crowded to capacity, were whipped off the track and rolled down a 40-foot embankment. The wooden coaches were torn to bits and hardly a single occupant, including scores of woman and children, escaped unhurt. The locomotive and the first two cars remained on the track.
J. D. CLAYTON, a brother of Congressman CLAYTON, and Sheriff TOAL of Barbour county are among the badly injured.
Clayton had few facilities in caring for the injured, most of whom were brought here, but nearly every house was turned into a temporary hospital. A statement issued by railroad officials says a broken rail caused the accident and that the engineer was not to blame in the matter.
A number of the injured were transferred to Eufala and other nearby towns, where more competent surgical skill was available.
Identified dead: POMP OUTSEY, 60, superintendent of the Barbour county poorhouse at Clayton; MONROE FLOYD, 60, Clayton; MISS BONNIE BROCK, 18, Clio; CURB BELL, Clayton; MRS. LAURA WILKINSON, Clio; MRS. WILBUR McLEAN, Clio; Child of B. F. BROCK, Clio; MRS. ALTO ADAMS, Elamville; LENNIE FRYER, negro, Clio; MAUDE McRAE, negro, Clio; ZACK PEAK, Clayton.
The Van Wert Daily Bulletin Ohio 1913-11-14