Detective
Joseph Elsworth Essington
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Police Department
Monday, November 12, 1923

Age: 47
Served: 1 year
Badge #:
Military Service:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by train
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, November 12, 1923

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
South Anderson Yards, Anderson
Incident County:
Madison
Incident Township:
Anderson
Weapon Used:

Suspect Info:

Burial Location:
Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson

   Detective Joseph Essington was struck and killed by a train in the South Anderson Yards in Anderson.

   He accidentally stepped into the path of a switch engine that was in reverse with numerous cars. Detective Essington had been patrolling on foot and may not have heard the engine due to the noise in the yards. His body was found by a railroad employee later that morning.

   Detective Essington was survived by his wife, daughter, two brothers, sister and mother.


The responsibilities of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Police Department are now under the jurisdiction of the CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department.