Jackson, MS Train Wreckers Cause Accident, Apr 1910


Three Mail Clerks And An Unknown Were Killed Instantly.


Removed Fishplates at Rail Joints -- Derailed Coaches Wrapped in Flames Passengers Escaped.

Jackson, Miss., April 17 -- Northbound Illinois Central limited train No. 2 was derailed at Hanging Moss Creek, four miles north of here early today, the threemail clerks and an unknown person being instantly killed, several other members of the train crew injured, and five of the cars with their contents consumed by fire.
Superintendent F. E. HILL and other division officials, who have been on the scene for the past twelve hours making an investigation, are convinced that the train was deliberately wrecked for the purpose of robbery, and it is stated that special agents of the company have secured a clew[sic] to the guilty parties. The cause of the derailment was the removal of several fishplates at rail joints. The intended looters failed in their purposes, evidently becoming frightened when all of the train did not leave the rails.
The mail clerks instantly killed were:
W. H. LOTT, Stateline, Miss.
WALTER WOOD, colored, New Orleans.
JAMES TRELOAR, Taylor, Miss.
Another body of an unknown person, so badly charred that it could not be determined whether white or black, was later taken from the debris. The clothing was burned entirely from the charred bones.
Those injured were:
THOMAS McCLOATER, McComb, engineer, bruised and internal injuries.
JOHN AMES, colored fireman, McComb, right leg scalded.
O. FARRELL, baggageman, New Orleans, bruises about head and face.
ED PALMER, mail helper, cut on head.
S. T. HOWSE, mail helper, slightly bruised.
A few of the passengers sustained minor bruises, but none were injured sufficiently to keep them from aiding in the work of rescue.
Within five minutes after the engine left the rails, carrying with it the library car, two sleepers and a sombination mail and express car, the derailed coaches were wrapped in flames and the passengers in the two sleepers had narrow escapes.
The mail and baggage cars were dumped in such a manner that it was impossible to get at their contents, which were entirely burned.
Engineer McCLOATER and Fireman AMES did not jump until the engine had been brought to a standstill 100 feet from the main track.

The Galveston Daily News Texas 1910-04-19