Posted By:Nancie O'Sullivan
Subject:Train Collides with Wagon, FOUR persons Killed 1903 [ article]
Post Date:November 06, 2005 at 16:52:22
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Spartanburg Journal, Nov. 1, 1903 [ S.C.]
A passenger on the train from Charlotte told of a horrible occurrence yesterday near Concord, Train no. 39, which is due in Spartanburg at 10:08 am ran into a funeral procession , killing four of the party and throwing the corpse out of its receptacle.
The killed are : JOHN KEY, BENJAMIN LIPPIT, DANIEL WEAVER and MISS LULU TOWNSEND, all white and all of whom lived in the vicinity of the tragedy.
The people who were killed were in a wagon with the corpse of MRS. KATE LEWIS and were on the way to a neighborhood burial ground.
The engineer saw the funeral party driving along the road but there was no cause for him to anticipate a tragedy.
Just before the engine was abreast of the wagon, the mules that were hitched, suddenly became unmanageable and swerved to one side, carrying the wagon and its occupants directly across the railroad track in front of the train.
The wagon was struck with terrific force. The casket containg the corpse was broken to pieces and the corpse and passengers were hurled through the air, badly mangled.
[ sad article, but hope it may be of interest to family ]