NP, NODC 7/3/1861

From the New Orleans Daily Crescent
July 3, 1861
Collision of Trains on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad
Two Men Killed and Twenty-five Wounded
   We extract the following particulars of a fatal accident which occurred on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, from the Mobile Register and Advertiser of the 30th ult.:
   The non-arrival of the passenger train, due yesterday morning at 5 1/2 o'clock, eased some anxiety in the city, which became intensified as the day wore away without tidings of the train, and grave fears of accident were entertained. At bout 6 P. M. the train finally arrived and made certain what was before supposition and dread. It brought tidings of a serious accident which occurred on the upper division of the road, resulting in considerable damage to the Company, and what is of far greater consequence, loss of life and serious injury to many who survived the disaster. And then the fact that this deplorable accident was the result of gross negligence or worse on the part of the engineer and conductor of the train made the disaster more terrible. We hope the culprits, who have sought to escape, will be apprehended and made to suffer the severest penalties known to the laws for their outrageous conduct in thus trifling with the lives of a military company entrusted to their care.
   We subjoin such particulars as we have been able, after diligent inquiry, to obtain, and doubt not the information is reliable as far as it goes.
   It appears that on Thursday night a special train with a company of cavalry, comprising sixty men and their horses, bound North, came in collision with a regular freight train, southward bound. This collision occurred near Trenton, Tenn. Twenty-five of the soldiers were wounded; two so badly that it is thought they cannot possibly recover. Only one horse was killed. The damage to the company, it is estimated, is not less than $5000.
   The locomotives were stove against each other, or, as our informant expresses it, "the smoke stacks stood hugging," defying all efforts at a separation. Several of the cars were materially damaged. The conductor and engineer of the up train, seeing the terrible disaster inevitable; took to the woods. The soldiers on the train became indignant and excited at the carelessness of these officials, and would have administered summary punishment upon them, had they been overtaken. But, during the confusion attendant upon the disaster, the fugitives got too much the start and eluded pursuit.
   The above are all the facts we could obtain, which are meagre and imperfect, necessarily so, as our informant was not at the scene of the catastrophe, and received his information second-hand at Corinth. We shall doubtless get the full particulars in a day or two. There seems to be no doubt that the disaster was the result of criminal negligence or recklessness on the part of the engineer and conductor.