Princeton, IN Train Wreck, Mar 1897


Passenger Train on the Evansville & Terre Haute Wrecked.


Engine and Cars Plunge Into the Water – Lives Lost.


The Wires Down and Details Hard to Obtain.

ST. LOUIS, March 10. -- A special to the Chronicle from Princeton, Ind., says a frightful wreck occurred early this morning a few miles north of that place on the Evansville & Terre Haute railroad.
For the past week several small bridges and large sections of track have been washed away, but every precaution has been taken to avoid accident. In spite of all this, passenger train No. 5 had the track washed out from under her and the smoking car now lies in the bottom of the river, with every passenger in it lost. The balance of the train is lodged in tree tops, fifty or seventy-five yards from the track. Conductor SEARS and the fireman are known to be among the lost.
On account of the washout and the breaking of telegraph wires, no word could be received on the Princeton side of the river, and it is not known whether any of the passengers in the day coaches are lost.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind., March 10. -- The train which left here at 5:38 this morning went down with a trestle at the approach to the White river bridge, four miles below Vincennes. The reports received here are that of more than seventy passengers, less than ten were taken out alive. Nothing can be seen except the smoke stack of the locomotive and the top of the rear Pullman. Several bodies have been recovered at 10 o'clock, including those of the engineer and fireman.
It is understood that there were fifteen Terre Haute passengers on the train.

VINCENNES, Ind., March 10. -- Details of the terrible wreck on the Evansville & Terre Haute railroad are not yet obtainable here as the wires are down. The entire train is reported to be in the river with only one end of the last coach sticking out. Of thirty passengers only two are said to have escaped. Conductor SEARS and Fireman BOWMAN were among the lost. It has been impossible to get names of the passengers. The train had passed over the bridge proper and had reached a long, steep embankment and trestle. A relief crew and surgeons have gone to the scene of the disaster. There are many conflicting stories, placing the loss of passengers at from thirteen to sixty-five.

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