Lenoir City, TN Landslide Causes Wreck, Feb 1903

MANY DIE IN TRAIN WRECK.

DISASTER ON SOUTHERN ROAD.

LANDSLIDE CAUSES ACCIDENT NEAR LENOIR CITY, TENN. -- THREE COACHES BURNED OUTRIGHT.

QUICK WORK BY RAILROAD MEN PROBABLY AVERTED TERRIBLE LIFE LOSS -- THE DEAD.

Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 28. -- The fast passenger train on the Southern railway leaving Chattanooga at 11:45 last night, was wrecked near Lenoir City at 2 o'clock this morning. The wreck was caused by spreading rails, due to a landslide.
Six deaths are reported so far and a number injured.
The Dead:
JOHN H. BIBB, engineer.
Fireman.
Baggagemaster.
A Mail Clerk.
A lady passenger.
The wreck occurred on the top of a steep embankment and the train plunged down this.
Four coaches were telescoped and partially piled upon the engine. Three of the coaches were burned outright.
The Cincinnati Southern train from Chattanooga to Cincinnati, was traveling behind the ill-fated train, it having to come by way of Knoxville on account of the damage to the tracks of the Cincinnati Southern between Chattanooga and Harriman, last night. This train was swaiting orders at London, when it was advised of the wreck. The engine of the Cincinnati Southern train ran up to the scene of the wreck and by pulling the two rear sleepers back on the track and away from the wreckage succeeded in saving them from destruction by fire.
A wrecking train, with physicians and railroad officials, left this city immediately after the wreck was reported.

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