Crawfordsville, IN Train Derails Over 20 Foot Embankment, Jan 1892



The Fast Mail Between Louisville and Chicago Goes Down an Embankment -- Two Passengers Killed and Forty-One Injured -- List of the Victims.

Crawfordsville, Ind., Jan 12 -- The fast mail running between Louisville and Chicago on the Monon route, consisting of a mail car, an express car, three coaches and a chair car, was wrecked two miles north of here, at Nicholson's Crossing early yesterday afternoon. The train was rounding a sharp curve when the outer rail broke and precipitated the cars down an embankment twenty feet deep. The stove in the first coach was overturned and the car was soon destroyed, but the passengers escaped. The next coach was torn to pieces. It was filled with people, not one of whom escaped injury. The parlor car toppled over on top of the coaches.

The following as far as can be learned, is the list of dead and injured:
MADAM VAN ROKER, danseuse of the City Burlesque Company.
BEN HAMBURG, drummer for LIEBMANN & SCHLOSS, Cincinnati.

MAX ROYERS, City Burlesque Company, badly injured in legs and back.
GUS ROGERS, same company, hurt in legs and back.
M. G. RUTLEDGE, porter, face badly bruised.
NELLIE HANLEY, New York City, badly crushed.
JOHN FORREST and WILLIAM HALL, Crawfordsville, both cut about the head.
J. N. DAVIDSON, Crawfordsville, head cut.
M. R. FOX, New Albany, head and legs badly crushed.
EUGENE DYER, Lafayette, head cut.
C. W. LOWDEN, Salem, Ind., leg badly crushed.
E. C. HOYT, head cut.
EVA MARSHALL, Ellisville, side and head crushed.
MRS. ANN HIBBS, Wheatfield, face crushed.
EZRA H. HIBBS, Wheatfield, left arm broken, right hand cut off.
HELEN LOVE, City Burlesque Company, injured internally.
G. W. GARDINER, back badly injured and arm sprained.
E. WHITESIDES, Frankfort, spine fractured, seriously hurt.
J. J. ENRIGHT, Chicago, knee and head hurt.
C. N. CHEEK, Greencastle, right leg cut off just below the knee, will die.
DAVE MALSBURY, Rome, N. Y., eye gouged out and arm and leg broken.
C. N. CORNWALL, roadmaster, Bloomington, back hurt and internally injured.
JOHN WINCHESTER, baggagemaster, Louisville, back hurt.
Express Messenger CUTLER, Louisville, internally injured.
WILLIAM SNYDER, newsboy, Chicago, shoulder broken.
CORA WHITE, Syracuse, City Burlesque Company, slightly injured about the head.
FANNY EVERETT, same company, internally injured.
OLLIE LEWIS, same company, internally injured.
HARRY C. BRYANT, Philadelphia, same company, head bruised, neck badly sprained.
MELVIN McKEE, Chicago, face and back hurt.
MADGE LARNER, Pittsburgh, City Burlesque Company, head badly bruised.
PAUL ALLEN, head crushed.
WILLIAM BISHOP, Lafayette, severely burned about the shoulder.
JOHN BILLS, conductor, internal injuries.
THOMAS MONACO, opera troop, internal injuries.
MISS BIBLE, Crawfordsville, face crushed.
NAT BERRY, Crawfordsville, injured internally and about the face.
MISS BREYFOGLE, head an face badly bruised.
NAT BEATTY, WILL SMITH, DAVE JONES and JOHN E. SULLIVAN, of this city, all bruised.

That no others were not killed outright seems marvelous as the wreck was most complete. A large force of men was engaged in putting up ice a short distance from where the wreck occurred and they rendered good assistance in putting out the fires and saving lives. C. N. CHECK, of Greencastle, had a leg pulled off and was pinned beneath a pair of trucks and it seems, despite the efforts of the rescuers, that they could not release him before the fire, which was fast approaching, reached him. He never lost his never, though suffering intensely, and ordered the relief corps to cut off both legs if that was the only way they could release him. A block was finally procured from the engine and the unfortunate man was released just in the nick of time. He was removed to the city, but cannot survive the night.

In its leap the ladies' coach encountered a stump which penetrated the side of the car and possibly caused the death of MADAME VAN ROKER and of BEN HAMBURG, the Cincinnati drummer. The woman was found by the side of the stump, her head crushed out of all semblance to humanity. She was also disemboweled. BEN HAMBURG was found lying on the stump mangled almost beyond recognition.

MR. BREYFOGLE, ex-president of the Monon route, and wife and son were on the train on their way to Lafayette, but escaped with slight injuries.

The wrecked train was bound north. The scene of the wreck is less than one mile from the place of the terrible freight collision of a month ago.

The Ohio Democrat New Philadelphia Ohio 1892-01-14