Ludlow, KY Train Wreck, Jun 1914

ROYAL PALM WRECKED AND THREE ARE HURT

Engineer Is Brought to the Good Samaritan In a Serious Condition

FIREMAN IS INJURED

Baggagemaster Suffers But His Hurts are Not of Much Consequence

Two persons were seriously injured yesterday morning and another sustrained minor hurts when the Royal Palm, No. 11, south bound passenger train over the Queen & Crescent Route became detrailed about ten miles south of Ludlow. The locomotive was hurled over the embankment where the wreck occurred, turning completely over and coming to a standstill upside down. The first coach was turned corsswise on the two tracks, stopping traffic, while the second and third were thrown off their tracks.

The engineer, James Collier, sustained a broken arm and broken leg, and was brought to the Good Samaritan Hospital in a serious condition. The fireman was also seriously injured, but was taken back to Cincinnati instead of being brought to Lexington. The baggagemaster suffered injuries of a minor nature.

Despite the fact that the heavy passenger train composed of nine coaches and the engine, was traveling at a rate of about thirty-five or forty miles an hour, none of the passengers was hurt, but all were badly shaken up.

Following a message received at Danville a wrecking crew and train was immediately sent to the scene of the accident. After four hours and a half delay the track was cleared and traffic was resumed.

The exact cause of the accident has not been determined, though E. W. Link, one of the passengers, said he believed it was due to a buckled rail, caused by the intense heat.

The Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY 29 Jun 1914