Larwill, IN Train Wreck, Feb 1912
4 DEAD IN ANOTHER FAST TRAIN WRECK
Pennsylvania Limited, Going West This Time. Crashes Into Caboose Near Fort Wayne, Ind.
DENSE FOG TO BLAME
Brakeman Sent Back to Flag the Oncoming Passenger Engineer Is Obscured in Mist.
FORT WAYNE, Ind., Feb. 17. - The Pennsylvania Limited, westbound, the corresponding train to the fast eastbound train which was wrecked at Warrior's Ridge, Penn., on Thursday, crashed into a work train at Larwill, Ind., twenty-five miles west of here, at 5:55 o'clock, central time, this morning, killing four persons and injuring eleven.
According to officials of the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad Company here, the wreck was due to the failure of the engineer of the limited to observe the danger signal or the red flag of the flagman on the work train. At the time of the accident, it is said, the weather was very foggy.
The four men killed - E. STUMP, F. GOERTMAN, A. BAILEY, and FRANK WEIGAND - were from Fort Wayne and members of the work-train crew. No one aboard the limited train was injured except a baggage-man.
The fog, which is blamed for the wreck, was so dense that a flagman sent back from the work train was not seen by the engineer of the limited. The work train had been stopped by a trackman, who reported a broken rail ahead, and while the investigation was in progress the limited dashed into the caboose of the train ahead. The wreckage caught fire, and two of the dead were burned almost beyond recognition.
The train left Pittsburg at 9:55 o'clock last evening for Chicago.
Among the passengers on the limited was Clyde H. Tavenner of the Sergeant at Arms' office of the National House. He was taking the body of his mother, who was killed in the wreck of the limited at Huntingdon, Penn., Thursday, to Cordova, Ill., for burial.
The New York Times, New York, NY 18 Feb 1912
FOUR KILLED IN WRECK ON THE PENNSYLVANIA ROAD
FORT WAYNE, Ind., Feb. 17. - Four men were killed and 11 more injured at 5:40 this morning, when Pennsylvania limited No. 5, west-bound, dashed into a wreck train at Larwill, Ind., 25 miles west of here. No one aboard the limited was injured except a baggageman.
The wreck was due to the fog, which was so dense that a flagman sent back from the wreck train was not seen by the engineer of the limited. The wreck train had been stopped by a trackman, who reported a broken rail ahead, and while the investigations was in progress the limited dashed into the caboose of the train ahead.
The wreckage caught fire and two of the dead were burned beyond recognition. Two of three of the injured may die.
The dead are: E. C. STUMP, F. SPELLMAN, A. BAILEY and FRANK WIGGINS.
The dead are railroad employes (sic) and all lived in Fort Wayne.
The Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN 18 Feb 1912
ENGINEER IS MENTAL WRECK.
Fort Wayne, Ind., Feb. 17. - John Bechtel, of this city, engineer of the Pennsylvania Limited, which killed four and injured twelve Fort Wayne men when it ran into a work train near Larwill, Ind., early today, is to-night a mental wreck. It is said a fog prevented the engineer seeing signals. The Indiana railroad commission has directed an inspector to investigate the cause of the wreck.
The Grand Forks Daily Herald, Grand Forks, ND 20 Feb 1912
Transcribed by Jenni Lanham.