Bayard, OH Express Train Wreck, Aug 1887



Pittsburg, Pa., Aug. 19. -- About 4 o'clock this morning the through express train, which left Chicago at 3:15 yesterday over the Fort Wayne & Chicago railway was wrecked at Bayard, O., on the Pittsburg & Cleveland road, about eighty-one miles west of Pittsburg. When the train reached Alliance, O., it was found that the Fort Wayne road was obstructed by a freight wreck some miles east of Alliance, and the train was ordered around by the Cleveland & Pittsburg road. The train was made up of three baggage and express cars, one smoker, one passenger coach, two Chicago sleepers, and a Toledo sleeping car, called the "Tople," what was attached to the rear of the train.
After leaving Alliance the train was proceeding at the rate of thirty miles an hour. As it swung around a sharp curve near Bayard the rails spread, and the Toledo sleeper was derailed, falling on its side. The two Chicago sleepers aslo jumped the track, but after running nearly three hundred yards they were pulled on again and escaped injury. When the crash came the porter, O. WARNER, ran to the forward platform and jumped, but got off on the wrong side of the car, and when it fell over on its side, was buried under it. Fortunately there were only three passengers and the flagman on the sleeper, and in the meantime they were tossed about the car like balls, and all seriously hurt.
When the train stopped the trainmen and passengers rushed back to ascertain what damage had been done. The injured were speedily removed from the car, but no trace of the porter could be found. It was not until nearly an hour afterward that a hand was seen projecting beyond the wreck of the sleeper. Work was immediately commenced and the crushed and mangled body was found.
The casualties were:
O. WARNER, colored porter, of Pittsburg, Pa., crushed to death.
J. L. MALONEY, of Detroit, badly cut about the face, head and breast; believed to be fatally injured.
W. H. DENNISON, Pittsburg, badly cut and bruised; very weak and will probably recover.
GEORGE D. LAWSON, Washington, D.C.; badly cut about the head, neck and breast; will recover.
W. A. McCOY, Pittsburg, bruised and injured internally; very serious.
The passengers in the other sleepers were badly shaken up, but sustained no serious injuries.
The injured were taken to the hotel at Bayard and placed in the care of the company's physicians and the train came on to Pittsburg, arriving three hours late.

Evening Bulletin Maysville Kentucky 1887-08-19

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