aug 25, 1977
Seek engineer's WAYCROSS Va. (AP) - Searchers using bloodhounds Wednesday night sought the body of a Clinchfield Railroad engineer in the rubble and spilled coal of a derailment in mountainous southwest Virginia. ; The missing engineer was identified as Stewart Johnson of the community of Envin. Searchers feared he was buried under the coal that spilled from the cars when they derailed going though a narrow gorge about a mile from the Tennessee border shortly after noon Wednesday. Railroad officials said two other men were in the locomotive at the time. Tony Hensley, 26, of Erwin, underwent surgery at the Holston Valley Hospital In Kingsport, Tenn., for injuries he suffered In the accident. James Larry Furchesf, 29, also of Erwln, was treated and release^ from the hospital. Clinchfield Railroad, spokesman H. J. May said It appeared Johnson was killed. Crews at the site (see photo) searched for the body of the engineer beneath coal dumped from cars during the accident. Searchers found an arm In midafternoon, but when they failed to find the body by dusk the dogs,were brought In. A rockslide'on the tracks of the gorge was said to have caused the engine and some 23 or 24 cars to jump the tracks. Clinchfield officials said the train was hauling an unspecified number of coal cars, plus at least one carrying beer.