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Piedmont and Crogue Creek Coal Company
Washington No. 5 Mine Cars Disaster

Franklin, Maryland
January 25, 1909
No. Killed 5

Four Killed in Crash of Coal Cars
Washington Post, District of Columbia
January 26, 1909

Westernport, Md., Jan. 25. -- Four men killed , a dozen injured, and miraculous escape for several more was the result of a collision this morning on the incline road, half a mile long, leading to Washington Mine No. 5 of the Piedmont and Crogue Creek Coal Company at Franklin, just east of this place.

The dead:
  • Cleaver Knight, carpenter, Westernport, Md.
  • William Hamilton, blacksmith, Franklin
  • James Cordry, Jr., dump man, Franklin
  • Joseph Brunette, Italian laborer
The injured:
  • Edward Fitzenbaker, roadman, Westernport, hurt about the arm
  • L. Lambert, Relms Station, near Westernport, leg broken
  • William H. Smith, weighmaster, Relms Station, shoulder blade broken and injured in the back
  • James Gowen, laborer, Harton, Md., face cut
  • C. Hamilton, miner, Franklin, face cut, son of William Hamilton, who was killed
  • Morris Murphy, foreman, Franklin, part of back injured
  • R. Partik, brakeman on the mine train, Barton, injured on arm and chest
  • Robert Plodbin, Barton, face cut and bruised
  • Joseph Lacian, Italian, hurt on head
The accident occurred at about the midway point, where there is a loop for approaching cars.

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