Duck River Station, TN Train Collision, July 1886


Nashville, Tenn., July 21. -- One of the most terrible accidents that ever occurred on a Tennessee railroad, resulting in the loss of seven lives, took place one mile north of Duck River Station, on the Decatur division of the Louisville & Nashville railroad, last night, being caused by a collision betwen a wild engine and the Columbia passenger accommodation train.
The accommodation, which had about one hundred passengers on board, left this city at ten minutes past four o'clock yesterday afternoon in charge of M. A. KIDD, conductor pro tem. It ran at the rate of twenty-five miles an hour, and at 6:15 neared Duck River Station, when the wild engine, which belonged to the Nashville & Florence railroad, and was being taken to Nashville to be repaired, dashed into it with terrible force as the train was entering a cut not far from the Rutherford Creek bridge. The shock was terrific, and created the greatest consternation among the people on the passenger train. The tender of the latter was driven nearly through the baggage car, and both locomotives were totally wrecked. The escaping steam rendered it almost impossible for the passengers to see the engines, but an investigation was quickly made.
It was found that seven men had been instantly killed and that the coaches were greatly damaged.
The locomotive of the accomodation train was in charge of HENRY E. LANMAN, engineer, who was assisted by R. P. BROWN, JR., fireman. Both were discovered dead under the cab.
The wild engine was manned by THADEUS D. BEECH, engineer, and PATRICK KING, fireman, who were also dead when the searchers came upon them.
Besides BEECH and KING, MR. THOMASON, section boss on the Nashville & Florence railroad, and ALBERT B. ROBINSON, traveling passenger agent of the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago railroad, were on the engine, and all perished.
MONROE W. WILSON, baggage-master was dead when discovered.
Rev. W. M. GREEN, of Columbia, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, in that city, was severely stunned.

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