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Evansvii.i.k, Intl., Sept. 1. - Five persons were instantly killed and thitty seriously injured in the derailing of a passenger train on the Louisville, Evansville & St. Louis "Air Line" railroad 2 miles east of Troy, Ind., at 11 o'clock Monday morning. Train No. 51, an accomraodation in charge of Conductor , lames Gordon and drawn by engine No. 18, plunged through a trestle and down a 15-foot embankment and not a single person on the train escaped injury. The heavy passenger coach feil directly on top of the loeomotive, smashing the steam chests and enveloping the victims of the disaster in a scalding cloud of vapor. Those who were able to get out of the wreek at once set about recuing their more unfortunate fellow passengers. Hardly had the dead and wounded been dragged from the steaming wreek when the coach caught flre from the ruined engine and was entirely consumed. It is now fearedthat some of the occupants of the coach were pinioned in their seats and cremated. The list of dead, so far as can be ascertained at this time, is as follows: Mrs. John Cavanaugh, Troy, Ind., scalded to death; John Cavanaugh, Jr.,'aged 10 years, Troy, Ind., ktiled outright; Misí Barbara Nemler, aged 18 years, Harrison township. Perry county, Ind., killed outright; Emma Schue, aged 10 years, St Meinrad, Ind., scalded to death; unknown tBan, farmer, of Hancock county, Ky., soalded to death. The wounded number thirty, of whom a dozen are so badly crushed and scalded that they capnot recover. There was considerable delay in takïng any steps to care for the sufïerers, but finally one of the trainmen started back to Troy, and an hour and a half after the accident a relief party arrived on the scène and the dead and wounded were taken back to the village, where they are being cared for by the local physicians. The accident was caused by the breaking of the flange of one of the drive wheels of the engine. Engineer App and Fireman Tolle jumped when they saw their danger, and escaped with a few bruiss. Conductor Gordon was standing on the front platform of the coach when the plunje was made, and was unable 10 jump in time to save himgelf. He was eaught between the engine and coach and erushed and buised in a frightf ui manner, He was unconscious when released twenty minutes later, but is still alive. A passenger arriving by the "Air Iiine" train Mondav niarht says that the scène at the "Air Line" wreek was the most horrible that could be imagined. A number of those who were but sMghtly injured and had succeeded in breaking their way out of the coach had a-pparently lost their sanses for the time being and ran about aimlessly screaming and wringing their hands while the groans and piteous pleadings of the helpless ooe within the chamber of death flllea the air. Had it not been that a portion of the cool-headed ones who efi_paped with slight injuries worked with their might to save those who were rendered helpless they would have been cremated. The sight revöaled while resouing these poor unfbrtunute people was most sickening; for when handling them to get them ÖU (of the coach the scalded skin peeled ftom their hands, faces and bodies im great strips, some of them being literally oooked.


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