Hunsacker, TN Trains Collide, Sep 1902

ONE MAN WAS KILLED.

ENGINEER FORBES KILLED IN A WRECK ON THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL.

THIRTEEN CARS DEMOLISHED IN THE COLLISION AT HUNSACKER, TENN., LAST NIGHT.

TRACK CLEARED AT 9 TODAY.

There was a fatal headend wreck on the Illinois Central at Hunsacker, Tenn., between Dyersburg and Newbern at 7 o'clock last night in which Engineer WILLIAM A. FORBES of Birmingham, Ala., was killed and thirteen freight cars demolished.
The first section of freight train No. 188, engine 581, and the second section of No. 155, engine 577, collided with terrific force as a result of a misunderstanding of orders by the engineer of No. 188.
East of the large freight trains was making about 20 miles an hour at the time of the accident. No. 155 was going south and the first section of No. 188, going north. The first named was in charge of Conductor J. S. WESSON, Engineer W. A. FORBES and Fireman GILBERT. No. 188 had C. F. PAYNE in charge of the engine with HOWARD JENNINGS as fireman and J. O. THROGMORTON as conductor.
Engineer FORBES, of the second section of No. 155, was killed and buried under the wreck. The other members of both crews escaped with bruises and scratches. J. G. THROGMORTON, conductor of 188, was more injured than the others, and was brought last night to the railroad hospital at Paducah. Both engines will be a total loss and thirteen cars were demolished. It is estimated that the total loss will not be less than $8,000 to $10,000.
The accident resulted in a suspension of traffic for seeral hours on the road. All fast passenger trains were run over the Louisville and Nashville from Humboldt and Milan.
The track was not cleared until 9 a.m. today.

Paducah Daily Sun Kentucky 1902-09-25