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L&N Wreck at Howard's Siding, 1914

From The Murray County Messenger
Dec. 17, 1914


South Bound Freight Came to Grief
Tuesday Afternoon at Howard's Siding
and Caused Considerable Damage.

A south bound freight train on the L. & N. Tuesday afternoon came to grief near Howard's siding near the Coosawatie River, and as a result nine cars of coal and a refrigerator car were piled up across the track in all manner of shapes. Had the wreck not occurred just where there was a big fill, there is no doubt but there would have been considerable more damage than there was. As it was, the wreck stopped all traffic until Wednesday morning at 9:40, the track having been blocked for about 16 hours.

As soon as the officials heard of the wreck, the wrecking crew was ordered out and, also, all the section crews from Eton on down the line. These crews in addition to the wrecking crew did good work in clearing the track, and it can be supposed the work was not at all to their liking on account of the extreme cold weather.

The Tuesday night mail train was the first train through, and it was quickly followed north by the regular morning train. As a result we had two mails within a short time of each other.

The road can be congratulated on the dispatch with which the clearance work was conducted, and also that there were no lives lost.

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