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Old News Stories
Train Hits Wagon, 1876

From The Atlanta Constitution
Sept. 10, 1876

A DALTON DISASTER.

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Collision Between A Wagon
And a Train.

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Three Persons Seriously Injured–
Thrown High in Air.

Dalton, Sept. 9, 1876

This evening, as the State road passenger train bound for Atlanta was leaving the city, a collision occurred between a locomotive and a two mule wagon, containing three persons who miraculously escaped death.

The family was that of a Mr. McGhee, in the neighborhood of Spring Place. He came into town to meet his wife and child, who arrived on the train. He was enroute home with them and attempting to cross the track while the train was approaching the crossing. The locomotive struck the wagon, completely demolishing it. Mr. McGhee was tumbled into the ditch and badly cut in the head but was upon his feet in a moment. His wife was thrown high in the air, and fortunately fell outside of the track. She held on to her child which escaped without injury. Mrs. McGhee had her should broken and received a severe cut in the head. All three parties were severely bruised, but not fatally injured. One of the mules was run over and mangled to death.

The affair was deeply regretted by the officers of the trains, who were powerless to prevent the accident. John Moore was the conductor and Tom Shivers the engineer. They aided the unfortunate party all in their power.

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