Clipped From The Indianapolis News
ERROR IN ORDERS HELD TO BE CAUSE OF WRECK CORONER, ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF CLOVER LEAF INQUIRY. TOO MUCH WORK FOR ONE MAN (Special to Tb Jodianapolis Xawt) VEEDERSBURO. Ind., December Si - Announcement was made here today by Dr. A. C. Holley. coroner of Fountain county, that he would hold that an error In orders was responsible for the wreck on the tracks of the Toledo. St. Louis A Western railway (Clover Leaf), near here; last Friday, when four trainmen were killed. Passenger train No. 4 was In collision collision with a double - header freight No. 17 during a snowstorm. The passenger was oounu east and tne freight west. - Responsibility for the error, the coroner coroner said, would be placed on the Toledo, St. loui & Western Railway Company, the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railway Company and the Cleveland. Cincinnati, Chicago A. til. I.oula Railway Company. Conclusions Reached. Conclusions which the coroner said hs had reached were announced as follows: "That T. O. Lucas, age twenty - eight. telegraph operator for the three railroads at a tower here, has too. much work to do. That Lucas made a mistake In taking an order from J. K. Jewell, ot Frankfort, train dispatcher, and that Jewell approved approved as correct the order with the mistake mistake In it when it was repeated to him by Lucas. - - , That J. J. Bobbins, station agent for the Toledo, St. Louis A Western at Cates, violated the rules of the company in permitting permitting the passenger train to leave there without nrst f ettiug a clearance from the operator at Veedersburg. Names of Witnesses. Seven witnesses were examined yesterday yesterday by Dr. Holley. They were C. B. Ben nett, of Charleston, 111., engineer of passenger passenger train No. 4; Patrick Davidson, of Charleston, III., conductor on the freight train No. 174; J. L. Vincent, of Frankfort, f asuenser conductor; - J. F. Jewell, of r i nm hi u un umpaicner: X. Ki. LUC8S, of Veedernburg. telenraDh otxramr - j j RoLblns, of Cates, station atrent. and Au gust uenny, t,r vayuga. telegraph per C. E. fitalrblrd, representing the Interstate Interstate commerce commission, attended the iieanng ana assisted in me examination of witnesses. . Previously to the Inquiry " several employee ot me railroad were questioned at Frankfort.