Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Freight Train Accident (1904)

The Evening Star (Washington, DC)
June 30, 1904

The remains of Fireman Daniel Garvin, who was killed yesterday afternoon in the wreck of a freight train near Culpeper, sixty miles below this city on the Southern railroad, have been brought here to be prepared for burial.  The body was taken to the undertaking rooms of B. Wheatley, on King street.  Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.  Garvin, whose home was in Sayre, Pa., was crushed by his engine and both legs were cut off above the ankles.  He lived about an hour after the accident.  Conductor S. G. Goodman of this city was bruised about the head and one of his legs was mashed, but his injuries were not of a serious nature.  Engineer M. H. DeCourcey of Manassas had his left arm broken and sustained injuries to his back.  He was also painfully scalded.  The wreck occurred between local freight train No. 61 and work train No. 547.  All the injured were of the crew of the extra.  No one on the local freight was hurt.   Just how the accident occurred is not known here.

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