William Hyer

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
January 12, 1899, page 1
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Trains Go Together.
Bad Wreck of Two Freight Trains Near Kingston.
Engineer Hyer is Killed.
Cares Piled on Top of Each Other, Engines Mashed Almost Into Scraps –All Trains Delayed.

Kingston, Ga., January 10. – Two engines telescoped one within the other, crashing each other with their mighty iron arms; cars piled aloft, debris of many kinds scattered all around, constitute a vast wreck, the result of a head-end collision that occurred within the half mile of this place this afternoon at 3 o’clock.

The engines that collided were No. 9, northbound, William Hyer engineer, and No. 25, going south, Lee Dobbs, engineer.  All hands jumped in time to save William Hyer of the northbound, who, as he jumped, was struck in the breast by a piece of timber.  He was picked up unconscious and brought to the hotel at this place, where every attention was given him. Mr. Lee Dobbs, engineer of No. 25, says the blame is all his.  He received orders at Dalton to wait on local No. 9 at Kingston and in deep sorrow he acknowledges that he forgot it.

The above special is from yesterday’s Constitution.

Engineer Hyer was carried to Kingston, where he died.

The wreck is one of the worst that has occurred on the road for several years.  A gentleman from this city who went up to the scene yesterday says there were fourteen freight cars mashed to pieces and their contents all piled up in one ugly looking mass.  There was much cotton in the cars. The bales were torn open by the wreck and loose cotton was flying in all directions, some of it catching on the telegraph poles and wires where the brisk breezes carried it.  The engines were smashed in pieces and would scarcely be recognized as railroad locomotives.

Colonel McCollum, the superintendent of the road, was on the scene yesterday directing the carrying away of the wreckage.

The trains were all delayed yesterday, the northbound passenger coming up at 6:37 o’clock Tuesday evening remaining here until yesterday morning at 11 o’clock before it could get away.


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