Jellico, TN Dynamite Car Explosion, Sep 1906
12 DEAD, 200 HURT BY AN EXPLOSION.
CARLOAD OF DYNAMITE BLOWN UP AT JELLICO, TENN.
MANY BUILDINGS WRECKED.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE MADE HOMELESS BY THE DISASTER.
MORE VICTIMS MAY BE FOUND WHEN THE DEBRIS IS CLEARED AWAY -- REPORT HEARD FOR TWENTY MILES -- VARIOUS THEORIES AS TO CAUSE -- REPORTED THREE MEN WERE USING CAR AS TARGET IN RIFLE PRACTICE, MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED IN SWITCHING.
Jellico, Tenn., Sept. 21. -- By the explosion this morning of a carload of dynamite, twelve lives were lost, 200 people injured, and property damage estimated at probably $500,000 occurred. The car was standing on a track near the Southern Railway station, and the report of the explosion was heard for twenty miles. Buildings in the business section of the town were wrecked, and nearly every pane of glass within a radius of one mile was broken.
The dead are:
GEORGE ATKINS, aged thirty; lineman for the East Tennessee Telephone Company.
JOHN M. COOK, aged fifty; Master Mechanic for the L. & N. Railroad.
WALTER ROGERS, aged twenty-eight; clerk for United Cold Storage Warehouse; cut to pieces.
JOHN GORDON, a negro; aged thirty; restaurant keeper.
JAMES REYNOLDS, a negro, waiter at Wal-Bruce Cafe.
JOSEPH SELLERS, engineer on Louisville & Nashville Line.
AMOS BENNETT, retired.
EMMOND NORMAN, section hand on Louisville & Nashville.
(JOHNNY KOCH, aged 20, died days later of injuries.)
There is a possibility that other bodies may be recovered from the ruins of buildings, some estimates putting the loss of life at forty.
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