Gibsland, LA Train Smash Up, Feb 1920
TRAIN SMASH UP AT GIBSLAND TAKES TOLL OF LIVES
V. A. & P. West bound fast mail train No. 11, crashed into a freight train which was crossing the V. S. & P. tracks on the L. & N. W. railroad at the union station at Gibsland on Thursday night about 1:30 a.m. resulting in several passengers being killed and a number badly injured.
Engineer Porter, whose engine was p[u]lling the passenget rain was able to pull himself out of the wreckage, though badly injured. A later report states that he died after reaching a Shreveport Sanitarium, where all the injured passengers were rushed by special train. A. C. Taylor, of Homer, who was standing on the station platform was instantly killed.
A man identified as a Mr. Myrick, of Oil City, was also killed.
The passenger train's engine lay upon its side crosswise of the track with front end inside the telegraph office. The operator and his wife were at their desks but saw the impending crash just in time to rush to the back of the room and escaped injury.
From all accounts it seems that the engineer failed to slow up at all for the station and the train was making about 30 miles an hour when the crash came.
The following is a list of the dead and injured which is as nearly correct as could be obtained today.
J. F. MYRICK, aged 60, Oil City, La.
A. C. TAYLOR, age 30, Homer, La.
The seriously injured are as follows: Engineer W. P. Porter, hands and legs severely burned.
Mrs. W. Wohert, Homer, La., severely bruised and slightly burned. Found on top of engine.
Mrs. W. E. Miller, Texarkana, Tex., severe cuts on the body.
Charles Green, Halletsville, Texas, back injured.
J. W. Jones, Epps, La., injuries to back and hip.
Jesse McIntosh, Sicley, La., head and [a]rms injured.
A. C. Welch, Bryceland, cuts on face and chest.
Richard Campbell, Delhi, La., bruises and cuts.
A. B. Steart, Washington, Pa., cuts on fingers and hands.
Drs. Colvin of Gibsland and B. F. Ferguson of Arcadia rendered first aid to the injured. They were assisted by other physicians from nearby towns.
Miss Maude Poole, daughter of W. R. Poole, of Bienville, was standing on the station platform and narrowly escaped injury. Some one snatched her out of danger just in the nick of time.
It will be recalled that passenger train No. 12, wrecked in the Arcadia yards just six days prior to the wreck at Gibsland, but no one was injured.
The Bienville Democrat. Arcadia, Bienville parish, Louisiana, February 18, 1920, Page 1; Column 3.