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Description: Three Men Killed - Severe Accident on S. F. & W.Date: February 9 1888
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 6, Column 2
THREE MEN KILLED
A Severe Accident on
the S. F. & W. Railway.
Two passenger trains collided at the seventy-three mile post on the Savannah, Florida & Western Railway. Three men, an engineer, fireman and train hand, were killed. One entire train and two Pullman coaches were destroyed. The dead engineer, William Divine, was native of Savannah< Ga., and very popular. The train was running in two sections, five minutes apart. The forward section was composed of empty coaches. The second section was the regular train. A freight train was side-tracked at the 73-mile post waiting for the regular to pass. The first section stopped at the turnout to cool a hot journal, and was just moving off when the second section crashed into the rear coach, completely telescoping it. Oil set fire to the car. In an instant it was in flames. The fire communicated to the next coach forward, and that was burned. Before it could be got under control five coaches in all, two of which were Pullman sleepers, were destroyed. Engineer Divine’s section was running at full speed when the collision occurred, but in spite of that the shock was hardly felt in the rear coaches.