Chatham, VA Train Wreck, Dec 1906


Danville Youths Were Stealing Ride on Freight Train.

Two Injured When Eight Cars of the Train Were Derailed Near Chatham.

Special to The Washington Post
Danville, Va., Dec. 29 - Two persons were killed and two more injured in a big freight wreck on the Southern Railway this afternoon just this side of Chatham, about twenty miles north of Danville. The dead:
GROVER FRANKLIN, son of D. H. FRANKLIN, tobacconist of Danville.
ARCHIE WYATT, son of W. H. WYATT, clothier of Danville.

The injured:
STANBURY MAYS, of Brutus, Va., skull injured; operated on in hospital.
PHILIP WHITE, of Danville, not seriously hurt.

Both of the killed and injured were evidently beating their way on the train. They are all young white boys.

The wrecked train was No. 83, a through freight running from Monroe to Spencer. It was in charge of Conductor R. L. MILLER and Engineer C. H. CHANDLER, both of Spencer. The train was running at a rate of speed of about twenty-five miles an hour and consisted of about thirty cars. Upon reaching the switch south of Chatham, several of the cars in the middle of the train jumped the track. In all eight cars were either derailed or wrecked and were piled up alongside the track in one congested heap. The cars were loaded with iron, cement, and oil.

The accident is attributed to the breaking of a flange on the wheels of one of the cars.

It will probably be after midnight before the siding is cleared in order to allow other trains to pass, and to-morrow before the main line is cleared. The track was torn up for a considerable distance and the large iron rails were broken into many pieces.

The Washington Post District of Columbia 1906-12-31

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