Sherman Heights, TN Wagon And Train Crash, Feb 1897

A FAMILY WIPED OUT.

NINE MEMBERS OUT OF ELEVEN RUN DOWN BY CARS.

DETAILS OF A HORRIBLE RAILROAD ACCIDENT.

SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY KILLED BY THE CARS - THREE OTHERS DANGEROUSLY HURT - MOTHER AND CHILDREN PERISH TOGETHER - HORSES KILLED AND THE WAGON DEMOLISHED - SICKENING RECITAL OF A MOST HORRIBLE ACCIDENT.

Chattanooga, Feb. 24. - Seven out of a family of eleven were killed on a railroad crossing near Sherman Heights, a suburb of Chattanooga this afternoon. The accident occurred where the Georgia division of the Southern railway crosses Harrison Avenue.
The family, whose name was WOODWARD, consisted of ten members. Mother and nine children were in the wagon. The mother and six of the children were killed instantly and the other three children were dangerously hurt. They lived eight miles out in the country and were coming to Chattanooga. The father J. W. Woodward was already in town.
They failed to notice the signals given by the trainmen, and death came to them before they were aware of their danger. Both horses were killed and the wagon utterly demolished.
The shock to the train was so severe that all the window glass in it was jarred to fragments. The bodies of the dead family were brought to an undertaking establishment in Chattanooga soon after the accident. Two of the children who were not killed instantly, cannot recover.

The St. Joseph Weekly Gazette Missouri 1897-02-26