Oxford, OH Train Collision, Aug 1889
FATAL RAILROAD COLLISION.
AN ACCIDENT ON THE CINCINNATI, HAMILTON & DAYTON ROAD IN WHICH A FIREMAN WAS KILLED AND TWO ENGINEERS BADLY INJURED.
Oxford, O., Aug. 2. -- A collision occurred Wednesday night on the Junction branch of the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad, about two miles east of here, between the regular Indianapolis express, eastbound, and an engine running wild. The result was the death of one of the firemen and the probable death of two more. The engines were total wrecks. All the passengers, some fifteen or more, escaped without injury, but the conductor and brakeman were thrown forward and scratched about the face. The engineer of the wild engine, JOHN DOUGHERTY, was running back to Connersville and says he forgot all about the regular train. He had brought back to Hamilton a lot of empty gravel cars and took orders at Hamilton to follow No. 86 -- the westbound Indianapolis express. He claims that he had been on duty for thirty hours without any rest. He was fatally injured. His fireman, CHARLES LEE, was killed in the wreck.
CHARLES PUGH, the baggageman, was caught in the debris of his car and cut out by the trainmen and passengers. He had one leg broken and was badly cut and bruised. DAN BRANNON, engineer of the passenger train, was badly injured. LEE DOTY, fireman on the passenger train, had his right leg horribly crushed.
The accident seems to be due entirely to the forgetfulness of the engineer of the wild engine.
Salem Daily News Ohio 1889-08-02