Twenty Others Hurt When Wild Engine Hits Train. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Only the first three cars had air brakes, with the rest possessing hand brakes or no brakes at all. Although he appears he may have moved his family back to Texas prior to the birth of his daughter in 1915, the local Marlow paper reported “Mr. There seemed to be tons of it, the cries and groans, and then I saw my fireman stumble and fall and everything went black. The engineers tried their best to slow the train, throwing it in reverse and operating the sanding equipment to increase the grip of the wheels, but the train only gathered speed. North Station Crash, 1917. Several of the dead were decapitated. Some of the newspaper articles about the Seco train crash are reprinted below. In 1907, Arthur Reed had moved his young family by covered wagon over 220 miles to live near the small rural town of Marlow (about 150 miles southwest of Kellyville). Unfortunately, the State Archives holds no single, comprehensive source about railroad accidents in general or about Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) accidents in particular. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. ... 1917, was a tragedy involving a troop train carrying at least one thousand French soldiers on their way home for leave from the Italian front in World War I. Of the remainder, fourteen were negro men, three negro women and three Indians. The train cars were made mostly of wood and immediately began to burn. Home » Uncategorized » Arthur Reed and the Frisco Train Wreck. Some of the newspaper articles about the Seco train crash are reprinted below. One of the teenage passengers, Leo Blake vividly recalled finding “many badly mutilated and dying” passengers as “the seats were sheared off above the arms, and the bodies with them“. The head of a negro lay on the floor of the car with no sign of his body near it when the axes swung by the rescuers finally cut thru the side of the death car. To prevent an accident with a second train at the bottom of the bank, the runaway train was switched onto a loop. [3] The Morning Tulsa Daily World (Tulsa, Oklahoma) dated September 29, 1917, Page 1. Jake Hychew had returned from Rockwood Saturday from attending the funeral … [4] The Daily Oklahoman, published Saturday, September 29, 1917; Page 1. The trip was planned as a reprieve from combat, with many of the men planning to reunite with their families for the Christmas holiday. The French train was traveling from Turin, Italy, to Lyon, France, through a stretch of the Alps in southeastern France. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). (Beryl Ford Collection from the Tulsa City-County Library). August 8, 1917. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/event/Modane-train-crash-of-1917. Modane train crash of 1917, train derailment in Modane, France, on Dec. 12, 1917, that killed more than 500 French soldiers. HOW IT HAPPENED. [5] Arthur Hubert Reed** recounted how he had to walk along the rails and pick up body parts and put them in baskets after the crash. Europe's deadliest train crash occurred in France during World War I on December 12, 1917. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. [7] With money being tight, this suggests Arthur Reed had returned to Marlow where he found work assisting an undertaker to support his growing family. Canada has seen few worse train accidents than the July 6 derailment of a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of crude oil, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. 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