Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Two killed in wreck at Dexter

This story was published by The Daily Ypsilanti Press on Friday, November 22, 1918.

Tweo men were killed and a third so badly injured that he is not expected to live, and three others were seriously injured when an eastbound express train ran into a west bound freight train a mile and a half west of Dexter on the Michigan Central at 4 o'clock this morning.

Anothony Rinshed, Detroit, engineer on the wxpress was taken from the cab of his engine horribly scalded. Death is believed to have been almost instantancous.

The fireman on the express, named Groswell from Chicago, was also fataly burned, but he lived to be taken to a hospital. He died, however, a few minutes after reaching there.

Charles Wells, also a firemand on the express was badly burned and one leg was mangled so that amputation near the knee was necessary. Physicians fear he connot live.

The crew of the freight were more fortunate. Alvin Rogers, engineer from Jackson was badly cut and bruised about the head and shoulders.

Harvey Blanchard, fireman on the freight was also injured about the head. Neither is believed in dangeous condition.

C. A. Casey, conductor, whose home is in Chelsea, was badly brused about the body. His injuries are not believed dangerous.

Wreck is due to failure on part of the freight crew to see a singal to stop at Dexter. The express was running on the left track on account of blocked traffic farther west and the crew had been instructed to get orders at Dexter. The freight crew had not been ordered to stop at Dexter, but a signal wasa given, according to statement today of M. C. offials, to stop. They were well past the station before discovering that they were running past a signal and had only just stopped when the express suddenly swung into sight and crashed into them before they had time to secape.

Thousands of people were on the scene of the wreck within a short time and remained there till well into the morning watching the M. C. wrecking crew clear away the wreckage.

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