Jetersville, VA Train Wrecks, Dec 1914

The body of Mr. Agee was brought to Richmond last night on train No. 14. When he met his death he was on his way to visit relatives at Blanche, N. C., during the Christmas holidays. He had been employed as a mechanic by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway here, and leaves a wife. His body was badly mangled when pulled form the wreckage, and there was every indication that the death was instantaneous.


At 10:50 o'clock yesterday morning several cars in through freight train derailed not far from Chula, a way-station near Jetersville, tearing up the track for some distance and completely blocking traffic. Before the later accident occurred, passenger train No. 8, due to arrive in Richmond from the South at 2:35 P.M., and passenger train No. 13, leaving here at 10:30 A.M., had met at the scene of the freight wreck, and transferred passengers. No. 13, carrying passengers, from ponts South toward Richmond was going north, the engine backing when the fatal accident occurred, not far from the scene of the morning wreck. In the ill-fated train were a baggage coach, an express car and two day coaches. After the transfer, the tender was at the front of the train and the two day coaches next to the engine. Railroad officials stated last night that they were unable to account for the accident.


It was stated last night that attending physicians do not regard as extremely dangerous the injuries of any of those hurt in the wreck. Bruises, slight cuts and fractures, it was stated, are the most serious injuries sustained, although persons reaching here last night from the scene of the wreck reported that many passengers not actually injured were badly shocked.

In leaving the rails engine 1003, of the passenger train, crashed to the ground on its side, tearing away sections of the track several yeards [sic] in length, while its tender was twisted into a tangled mass of wreckage and almost demolished. Of the coaches in the train, the first-class car, next to the engine, was the hardest hit. The second-class coach, next to the train, was badly damaged.

The accidents of yesterday tend to confirm a prevalent superstition that railroad wrecks rarely ever come singly, but that one wreck is usually followed by others within a brief period of time. A derailment on the Southern railway, between Richmond and Danville, last Tuesday, blocked traffic for several hours, being followed within a short time by the two accidents of yesterday.

Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA 19 Dec 1914