Bellaire, OH Train Wreck, Sept 1907
FIFTEEN KILLED IN A WRECK
OPERATOR GIVES TRAIN WRONG TRACK AND COLLISION IS RESULT.
ENGINEER'S LEG CUTOFF
"SPRING CHICKEN" THEATRICAL COMPANY ESCAPE WITH SHAKEUP.
Wheeling, W. Va. --- Fifteen men were killed and a score injured, a number fatally, at Bellaire, Ohio, Saturday afternoon, when the Chicago and Wheeling express train on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad crashed into a freight train which was moving slowly on a siding. RICHARD CARLE and his musical comedy organization "The Spring Chicken" company, were in the wreck.
ALFRED DOLBY musical director of the organization, is among the dead. JOHN JAMISON, manager of the company, is also injured.
The killed are:
EDWARD HEINZE, Wheeling.
WILLIAM SHAW, Wheeling.
KARL BERTRAM, Woodfield, Ohio.
L. N. GALBRAITH, Newark, Ohio.
F. E. MOTZ, Newark, Ohio.
T. A. DUNLAP, passenger fireman.
LIPSCOMB, passenger engineer.
W. J. JOHNSON, frieght [sic] engineer, Newark, Ohio
HARRY ENGLISH, Connorsville, Ohio.
CURTIS LAFFERTY, Cambridge, Ohio.
H. PETERSON, Hoboken, New Jersey.
ALFRED DOLBY, New York.
HAROLD ZEITZ, newsboy, Massilon, [sic] Ohio.
TWO UNKNOWN MEN.
List of Injured.
JOHN HAWK, Pittsburg, chest crushed.
AUGUST MEDER, New York, body crushed.
FRANK BROWN, New York, legs and back injured.
FOREST JACKSON, Cambridge, Ohio, neck badly hurt, legs injured.
CLARENCE JOHNSON, Cambridge, Ohio, back and hips injured.
LEO RALPH, Quaker City, Ohio, head and back crushed
D. E. CLOVER, Klee, Ohio, Crushed about chest and lungs.
WILLIAM B. BOKODICK, Benwood, West Virginia, hips crushed, one leg amputated.
WILLIAM ANDERSON, Mississippi, probably internally.
BARNEY DAILY, Pittsburgh, right leg cut off, head crushed.
JAMES GRIFFIN, Bayonne City, New Jersey, injured about hips.
WILLIAM FERRELL, Albany, New York, cut and bruised.
W. C. BESANT, chief mail clerk, Zanesville, Ohio, cut about head and body; will die.
C.E. KNER, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, mail clerk, head and back injured.
E. G. BLUGH, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, head injured and arm bruised.
GIVEN WRONG TRACK.
McGANN, the signal operator at the Bellaire yard office, gave the freight the eastbound track, instead of the westbound. Both engines were demolished, a portion of one rolling over a forty-foot embankment.
Nearly all of the injured were in the smoker. The dead and injured were pinioned under the wreckage, which caught fire. The Richard Carle "Spring Chicken" theatrical company occupied a parlor car upon the rear of the train which was demolished, but none of the company was injured.
Engineer LIPSCOMB, caught under the wreckage, called piteously, "Chop my leg off, will you?" to members of the yard force. An axe was secured, and, with the steam pouring in upon him, LIPSCOMB saw them amputate his leg. He died at the Boone hospital an hour later.
General Manager FITZGERALD'S train was at Benwood Junction, and was converted into a relief train, filled with doctors and nurses, and rushed to the scene of the wreck. The dead were removed to undertaking establishments here and the injured to the Boon hospital here and the Glendale hospital at Moundsville.
Summit County Journal Colorado 1907-10-05
ENGINEER BURNED TO CRISP.
THE SMOKER TELESCOPED AND EVERYONE IN IT MORE OR LESS WOUNDED.
Eight men were killed and 14 injured, several probably fatally, at Shicks, at the end of the Bellaire, O., freight yards, when the Wheeling and Chicago express on the Baltimore & Ohio, crashed into a freight train which was moving slowly on a siding.
MICHAEL HEINZE, 72 Fourteenth street, Wheeling.
WILLIAM SHAW, 2811 Market street, Wheeling.
CARL BERERON, 1785 Twenty-seventh street, Milwaukee.
I. N. GALBREITH, freight engineer, Newark, O.
E. E. METZ, freight conductor, Newark, O.
HARRY SEITZ, newsboy, Massillon, O.
H. A. LIPSCOMB, passenger engineer, Newark, O.
F. L. ROSE, Arcade, Cleveland, O.
W. C. DOSANT, D. R. KNEER, E. J. BLUBAUGH, mail clerks, Newark, O., will die.
T. A. DUNLAP, passenger fireman.
W. S. JOHNSON, freight engineer, Newark, O.
HARRY ENGLISH, Connersville, O.
CURTIS LAFFERTY, Cambridge, O.
H. PETERSON, 704 Willow avenue, Hoboken, N. J.
JOHN HAWK, 608 Fourth street, not known.
ALFRED DALBY, 419 West One Hundred and Twenty-first street, New York.
WILLIAM TERRELL, Albany, N. Y.
F. WILSON, PATRICK ELWOOD, 94 Eighteenth street, Wheeling, W. Va.
DENNY DAILY, Pittsburg, Pa.
W. L. ZIMMER, F. JACKSON, Cambridge, O.
P. LAWSTON, Wooston, W. Va.
C. JOHNSON and H. ADDISON, Cambridge, O.
D. E. GLOVER, Klee, O.
A. McOTTAR, Newark, O.
The wreck was due to the failure of an operator to throw a switch. The westbound freight had the Bellaire yard and was moving slowly along the siding. WM. MORGAN, operator at the tower, directed Operator BUCKHANNON at Shicks, one mile west, to throw the passenger train to the east track and give the west track to the freight. The order apparently was misunderstood.
At the point where the wreck occurred there is a very sharp curve, which prevents the engineers of east bound trains from seeing more than a few feet ahead. The passenger train swung around the curve very rapidly, being three hours late, and should have gone on in safety on the main line. The switch to the siding, however, had not been turned, and the train shot on the siding and into the freight. There was scarcely time to apply the brakes and no time for the enginemen to jump.
The Indiana Democrat Pennsylvania 1907-10-02
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler. Thank you, Stu!