An article on the train wreck appeared in the Lorain Daily News newspaper, on Thursday December 28,1911. A copy of the article as it appeared is given below.
BIG 4 TRAIN JUMPS TRACK AT LAGRANGE
Twentieth Century Limited Leaves Track at High Speed -- Passengers Have Narrow Escape
Passangers on the Big Four Twentieth Century Limited narrowly escaped serious injuries last night when the train traveling at a rate of sixty miles an hour, went into the ditch at LaGrange.
None of the passengers were fatally injured, but were cut and bruised as the cars raced over the ties. Those most seriously injured were occupants of the smoker, which rolled over and over and landed in the ditch.
The accident occurred at 8:03 and the train was enroute from Galion to Cleveland. Many Clevelanders were among the passengers returning home after spending Christmas with relatives and friends.
When the train came to a stop and passengers, stunned and bruised, climbed out, a hurry call was sent for doctors. The first arrivals at the scene went through the coaches expecting to find dozens killed or injured. A careful search, however, showed that every one on board from the engine to the Pullman car, had escaped with minor injuries.
That's the story. It would appear that no one was killed in the accident. By the way, the "Big Four" was the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad. This railroad later became the New York Central.
If you wish to send me your father's name and date of birth, I may be able to find some information on his family, if he was in fact, born in Lorain.
Hope this helps -- Richard
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