Jackson, MI Head On Train Collision, Jan 1914

The Train Collision at Jackson Mich Interior of one of the coaches

FIVE ARE KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH.

FREIGHT AND PASSENGER TRAINS ON MICHIGAN CENTRAL COLLIDE AT JACKSON.

THE DEATH LIST MAY BE LARGER.

SEVERAL ARE MISSING AND SOME OF THE SERIOUSLY INJURED MAY DIE.

Jackson, Mich., Jan. 26. -- The bodies of four persons were removed early today from the wreck of the Michigan Central passenger train No. 70 from Bay City to Jackson, which met headon with a northbound extra freight a few miles north of Jackson last night. Rescue workers continued to search the debris for more bodies late this morning, as several persons are missing. A dozen passengers on the train were seriously injured and several of them, now in local hospitals, are believed to be dying.

The Dead.
CAL JOHNSON, engineer of passenger train.
S. W. COCHRAN of Lansing, Mich.
THOMAS SCROOGIE, Owosso, Mich.
L. V. BECK, Jackson, Mich.
The seriously injured include:
ARTHUR CHANEY, Detroit, both legs broken, badly cut, may die.
JEFFERSON DAVIS, St. Charles, Mich., scalp wound, internally injured, may die.
F. R. CHAMPION, passenger fireman, injured in jumping.
JOHN BUSH, freight engineer, injured in jumping.
MOTT SHERWOOD, Jackson, Michigan Central master mechanic, hips injured.
MRS. MOTT SHERWOOD, seriously bruised and cut.
D. A. SMITH, Alma, Mich., unconscious may die.
Coroner MARKS has ordered an inquest to determine responsibility for the wreck, information given out today from the Michigan Central offices say the passenger train had the right of way. Engineer BUSH of the freight train, was seriously injured, and was unable to make any statement.
Fireman DIEDRICH of the freight train, denied today that the freight crew had received orders to wait at the M. A. L. crossing until the passenger had passed. The instructions, he said, were for them to move out of Jackson without delay.

Engineer Crushed.
Engineer JOHNSON of the passenger was caught between his engine and the tender, apparently as he was about to jump. His body was found, fearfully mangled, standing upright in the wreck.
Rescuers who were sent out from Jackson first directed their attention to relieving the suffering of the injured and dying. Physicians crawled through holes in the bassage car and administered hypodermics to many who were screaming with pain.
Traffic between Jackson and Lansing on the Saginaw branch was resumed shortly after 11 o'clock today where wreckers succeeded in clearing the tracks of the debries resulting from the collision. WIth the work of clearing the wreckage completed, it was definitely established that only four persons died in the crash. Coroner MARKS this afternoon ordered an inquest for Saturday morning at 9 o'clock.

The La Crosse Tribune Wisconsin 1914-01-26