Greene County, Arkansas
FROM THE WEEKLY SOLIPHONE
JAN. 8, 1915 - FRIDAY
COTTON BELT TRAIN
W. J. Limbers, well known citizen, met tragic death at Slatton's Crossing this morning.
(FROM SATURDAY'S DAILY PRESS)
The northbound Cotton Belt passenger train NO.4 ran into a wagon and team driven by W. F. Limbers at Slatton's Crossing, two and a half miles north of Brookland at nine o'clock this morning, resulting in the instant death of Mr. Limbers.
The train took the body back to Brookland, and then resumed the run to Paragould, arriving more than an hour late.
It is stated that Limbers was driving a team of mules and that he started over the crossing in ample time to avoid a collision with the approaching train, but his mules became frightened as the wagon was passing over the tracks and refused to budge. Limbers tried frantically to urge the mules on and in his frenzy he evidently did not think to jump out of the wagon. The train tore the wagon into pieces, crippled the mules and hurled Limbers against the front of the engine with such force that death resulted immediately. He was carried some distance before the engineer could bring the train to a stop.
Limbers was 54 years of age, and was regarded as a most substantial citizen. He came to this section five years ago from Indiana and located on a farm this side of Brookland in Craighead County. He leaves his wife and two children, one of whom is Mrs. Frank B. Emmons, wife of F. B. Emmons who runs a grocery store on east Court street.
Interment was held at Linwood Cemetery.
Transcribed By: Sandy Hardin
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