The most horrible train wreck in the South since the famous one at Statesville, S. C., some years since, occurred this morning near this city, when a passenger train crashed through a trestle to a river 110 feet below.
It is known that 20 lives were lost, and a more complete search of the charred train may reveal more. It is also most certain that the wreck was caused by fiends for the purpose of robbery.
Of the persons on the train, nine escaped death, and several of these will die of serious injuries. None of them can give a correct and detailed account of how the accident occurred.
The train was a local on the Birmingham Mineral, a branch of the Louisville & Nashville system, its number being 40. It left Birmingham at 6:30 a.m. To make the daily circuit of the mining towns in that section of the country, and most of the persons on board were miners and their families, taking advantage of the excursion tickets on sale for the holidays.