Pegram, TN Passenger And Freight Collision, Sep 1909

TEN ARE KILLED IN FEARFUL WRECK.

DETAILS LACKING YESTERDAY SHOW EXTENT OF HORROR.

WHEN PASSENGER TRAIN ON N. C. & ST. L. CRASHES INTO FREIGHT AT PEGRAM.

ONE PADUCAH MAN ON TRAIN.

The Killed:
WILL MORGAN, traveling engineer, 227 Fourteenth Avenue, North, dead and body burned.
JOE GOWER, engineer on passenger train, 804 Eighteenth Avenue, North, killed and body burned.
JESS TARKINGTON, engineer on freight, 807 Eighteenth Avenue, North, killed and body burned.
WALTER ROACH, messenger, 910 Berryhill Street, killed and body burned.
SAM WHITED, 1313 Grundy Street, fireman on freight, killed and burned.
S. B. WELP, Burna, Tenn., head brakeman of freight, killed.
W. S. STALEUP, mail clerk of Martin, Tenn., killed and burned.
L. C. BAILEY, mail clerk, Martin, killed and burned.
The Injured:
BOB HAILEY, fireman No. 4, Nashville, two ribs broken and left side injured.
ELLIS MARTIN, conductor No. 51, 1117 McGavock Street, Nashville, injured in head and internally (may die).
Capt. T. JOBE, Burton, N.C., right side and back injured.
WM. LUNSFORD, Peachtree, N.C., right arm and shoulder bruised.
W. L. THOMASSON, Peachtree, N.C., left shoulder and arm hurt.
R. W. BOYD, Almond, N.C., right shoulder and head hurt.
MRS. L. M. LEE, Tullahoma, right shoulder hurt.
MRS. TEMPLE, Lunsford, Murphy, N.C., shoulder and neck hurt.
MRS. A. C. THOMASSON, Murphy, N.C., left ankle and shoulder and neck hurt.
MAY THOMASSON, Murphy, N.C., right arm hurt.
MRS. MARY J. JACKSON, McLean Branch, Tenn., right arm and back hurt.
MRS. JOSEPH S. LIVELY, McMinnville, sprained knee.
MRS. JOHN DUNN, Cumberland Furnace, nose hurt.
MRS. SAM WARREN, Nashville, scratched under right eye.
MRS. M. J. GILLEM, Nashville, slight bruise on hip.

Nashville, Sept. 16. -- Eight dead and fifteen passengers injured (two fatally, perhaps), is the result of the head-on collision on the N. C. & St. L. railway yesterday 2 1/2 miles west of Pegram station, between No. 4 passenger train, west bound, and No. 31 fast freight, east bound.
The wreckage caught fire following the impact and the baggage mail, express and smoker were burned.
Through the almost superhuman strength exerted by the passengers who were fallied by the cooler heads the three day coaches and the Pullman were pushed back from the fire and the equipment saved.
Assisting in the work were: Attorney-General Charles T. Cates, Jr.; Dr. J. C. Franklin, of Nashville; W. L. MITCHELL, of Nashville; JOHN W. NEAL, of Houston, Tex.; J. E. AGEE, postmaster at Pegram; J. B. and J. M. WHITSETT, of Nashville; J. A. COBLE, of Union City; J. C. COOK, JR., of Nashville; MAX ISAACS, news butch, of Nashville; Flagman G. F. TUCKER, of No. 4; A. F. HOGEN, of Waverly; R. E. JONES, of Detroit, and all other men who were not attending to dead and injured.
While the railroad authorities are endeavoring to place the blame it is the general impression among passengers, and trainmen, that the fault was with the passenger crew, as orders to meet at Pegram had been issued and the wreck occurred west of that station.

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Ben Walp

It should be noted that Samuel Benjamin "Ben" Walp's name was misspelled twice in this article "Pegram, TN Passenger And Freight Collision, Sep 1909". He is first listed as the head brakeman of freight as S. B. Welp--which should be Walp. Also, it should be noted that he was from Burns, TN--not "Burna" as it was misspelled in the article. Later, his name is misspelled again as Ben Warp.

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