McHenry, KY Train Collision, May 1905
WITH LOUD CRASH TRAINS COLLIDED.
SIX MEN KILLED IN AN ILLINOIS CENTRAL WRECK.
Six killed outright and fully that number injured, is the result of a head-end freight wreck two miles south of McHenry, a small station 65 miles north of Central City, on the Louisville district of the I.C.
yesterday afternoon late.
D. J. TIERNEY, conductor on No. 152, Cecilia, Ky.
W. B. ENGLISH, engineer on 193, Cecilia, Ky.
Fireman CHARLES SINCLAIR, Cecilia, Ky.
Brakeman CORDIE SMITH.
Brakeman DAN ENGLISH.
MAT OWEN, colored tramp, of Leitchfield, Ky.
Fireman SIDNEY BELL, of 152, fatally, Louisville.
Engineer W. H. YATES, of the 152, of Central City.
GUS FALLINGER (or SAWYER), passenger on local, of 3024 Dawson Avenue, Cincinnati.
DICK CRANE, of Columbus, O., and several other passengers.
The wreck occurred on a curve, and both trains were going at a rapid rate of speed. The crews, not suspecting danger, were unprepared for the shock when it came, which accounts for the number killed. The wreck was caused by a miscalculation of time and is said to have been the fault of the local freight crew.
The trains wrecked were a manifest freight No. 152 east bound, and a local freight No. 192. The manifest train was pulled by engine No. 3, Engineer W. H. YATES, and Conductor D. J. TIERNEY, the local was pulled by engine No. 1712, Engineer W. B. ENGLISH and Conductor TADROCK. The local freight crew was trying to make a station ahead of the manifest freight and miscalculated the time, it is alleged. The scene of the wreck was on a curve and the enginemen were unable to see each other until they struck the curve. It was too late to jump and in an instant the engines struck. The crash, it is said, could be heard for miles around.
There were 20 cars in the manifest freight and seven in the local and they were badly demolished or damaged. The engines were buckled together and are total wrecks.
As soon as possible relief parties went to work searching the wreck for bodies. Conductor TIERNEY, Engineer ENGLISH, Fireman SINCLAIR, Brakeman CORDIE SMITH and Brakeman DAN ENGLISH were found shortly after the search began.
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