Loudon, TN Passenger Train Wrecks, Nov 1927
ENGINEER KILLED, TWO HURT IN WRECK OF SOUTHERN TRAIN.
ENGINE AND THREE COACHES OF FAST
"MEMPHIS SPECIAL" LEAP FROM TRACKS AT LOUDON, TENN., AND TUMBLE DOWN 50-FOOT EMBANKMENT; DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE.
Loudon, Tenn., Nov. 10. -- The engine and three coaches of the "Memphis Special," fast Southern Railway passenger train running from New York to Memphis, leaped off the rails a mile east of the station here tonight and tumbled down a fifty-foot embankment, killing the engineer and seriously injuring the fireman and one of the passengers. Several passengers were badly shaken up.
HOWARD CROWELL, the engineer, met death when the cab broke from the rolling engine and crashed to the bottom of the hill. The fireman, JIM HICKS, sustained a broken leg and a fractured skull.
The mail car, a mail storage car and a day coach followed the engine down the incline. A mail clerk, buried in mail sacks, was almost suffocated by the pressure and escaping steam before he could be released.
A negro woman also was seriously injured.
The remainder of the passengers were able to make their way to the station, a mile away, and it was not believed any others were seriously injured.
Trackage was torn up for several hundred feet and officials said it probably could not be repaired before tomorrow.
A crowd standing at the station awaiting the arrival of the train, which was slowing down when the wreck occurred, were the first to learn of it. The engine headlights could be seen through the trees a mile away when the plunge started.
A railroad detective has been here the past ten days investigating reported tampering with the track.
Charleston Gazette West Virginia 1927-11-11