Chewton, PA Wrecked Train, Sep 1909
ROBBERS WRECK THE ROYAL BLUE LTD. ON THE B. & O.
EXPRESS CAR CONTAINED A LARGE SUM OF MONEY FROM NEW YORK.
THREE KILLED AND FIFTY INJURED.
LIFE CRUSHED FROM ENGINEER, BAGGAGEMASTER AND CHIEF BOILERMAKER OF DIVISION -- FISH PLATES REMOVED AND RAILS MISPLACED AT THE MOST DANGEROUS POINT ALONG THE ENTIRE LINE.
New Castle, Pa., Spet. 4. (AP) -- The wreck of train No. 5, The Royal Blue Limited on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, which occurred at 12:25 this morning, is now believed to have been caused for the purpose of robbing the express car, which is known to have contained a large sum of money shipped from New York to western banks, and most of it was taken.
The Baltimore and Ohio officials admit the accident is a pure case of train wrecking and immediately following the wreck, stationed armed guards about the express car.
But three persons were killed and fifty were injured, a large number of them seriously. The train was west bound from Pittsburg to Chicago. Two miles from New Castle, at a little place called Chewton, Pa., the best train on the Baltimore and Ohio suddenly ran into a misplaced rail. The wreckers had removed two fish plates, moved the north rail inside and had pulled out the spikes. The entire train was thrown from the tracks. The great speed at which it was traveling caused all the cars and engine of the train to topple over on their sides and slip with force over a small embankment. Engineer JOHN DILL and Baggagemaster JOHN WHEATCROFT were horribly crushed, death being instantaneous. Of the thirty to fifty passengers hurt, many of them are in a serious condition.
The casualty list follows:
Engineer JOHN A. DILL of Chicago Junction, aged forty years and married.
Baggagemaster JOHN WHEATCROFT of Chicago Junction, aged thirty-eight and married.
E. J. HAVANAUGH of Baltimore, chief boiler inspector of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
MRS. SENECA DIPPEN, Tiffin, Ohio, abdomen injured; serious conditon.
HENRY MILLARD, LaForge, Wis., head and back badly injured.
A. C. MICKLIN, Frostburg, Md., seriously burned.
J. N. BEECHER, Green Bay, Wis., legs burned.
J. H. LAMSON, Indianapolis, Ind., head burned.
JAMES HETO, Chicago, burned.
CHARLES BAKI, Joliet, Ill., cut and burned.
MRS. HARRY H. PITMAN, cut and badly bruised.
MRS. KAYE KAYLOR, Chicago, cut and bruised.
MRS. H. B. SENNELL, Chicago, contusions shoulder, head and hip.
MRS. WM. McCREARY, Chadwick, Ill., cut.
The relief trains were loaded with the most seriously injured and rushed to the New Castle hospital. Eight of the injured were brought to the Shenango Hospital. Many of these were in a serious condition and at least three were said to be fatally injured.
Pensacola Journal Florida 1909-09-05