Summerfield, OH Train Wreck, Apr 1895

BIG WRECK

ON THE B., Z. & C. ROAD, NEAR SUMMERFIELD, O.

FOUR PERSONS MEET INSTANT DEATH AND A FIFTH HURT.

THE TRAIN JUMPS THE TRACK JUST AS IT WAS RUSHING UPON A TRESTLE – A MOTHER AND HER LITTLE DAUGHTER TWO OF THE VICTIMS – THE ENGINEER ANOTHER

ZANESVILLE, O., April 6. – At Whigville, five miles west of Summerfield, on the Bellaire, Zanesville & Cincinnati railway, an awful wreck took place Friday morning. A coach on the west-bound passenger train jumped the track, just before reaching a trestle, which spans a small stream. The structure is built on a curve, and the coach, after running along the ties until almost across it, dragged the engine from the rails and the trestle went down.

The engineer and fireman both remained at their posts. The former was instantly killed and the latter fatally injured.

The engineer was ELI LUCAS, of this city. A wife and several children survive him.

The fireman, JESSE JOHNS, was unmarried.

MRS. YOUNG and her little daughter, of Summerfield, and a resident of Beallsville, named HENRY BROWN were also instantly killed.

Others were slightly injured.

NATHAN YOUNG, of Summerfield, husband of MRS. YOUNG, was seriously injured. His foot is terribly mashed.

Later advices are to the affect that Fireman JOHNS was not so seriously injured as was thought. He will recover.

The trestle where the accident occurred is a double-tracked one about thirty feet high. The railway officials say it was in perfect condition and the accident is due solely to the one combination coach, of which the train consisted, jumping the track and carrying with it the engine.

ANOTHER ACCOUNT.

COLUMBUS, O., April 6 – A special to the Dispatch from Summerfield, O., says the morning passenger train, No. 538, on the Belleaire, Zanesville & Cincinnati railroad, consisting of an engine, baggage car and passenger coach, left here on time, and moved along nicely until the train reached trestle No. 98, near Whigville, and the cach [sic] jumped the track and ran a short distance into the trestle, when it turned over, drawing the engine and baggage car down with the trestle. The engine turned end for end and the coach turned bottom up with sides crushed in. There were four killed outright, as follows:

ELI LUCAS, engineer, Summerfield, O.

HENRY BROWN, passenger, Beallsville, O.

MRS. NATHAN YOUNG and little daughter, Summerfield, O.

The injured are as follows:

JESSE JOHNS, fatally injured, Summerfield, O.

NATHAN YOUNG, fatally injured, Summerfield, O.

JOSEPH DENOON, seriously injured, Barnesville, O.

FRANK HOLLAND, baggagemaster, leg broken, Summerfield, O.

JESSE JOHNS, the fireman, was pinoned [sic] beneath the overturned engine and was badly cut and scalded. He can not live.

NATHAN YOUNG was rescued from the coach, but he can not live. No examination was made of his injuries, as he is in a precarious condition.

The four killed in the wreck were killed outright.

The engine and cars are a total wreck, and also the trestle. The trestle over which the train overturned was about forty feet high.

The Hamilton Daily Republican, Hamilton, OH, 6 April 1895