April 26, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)
[From the exchanges]
Central Protestant: A terrible railroad accident occurred on the North Carolina road just this side of High Point, at 8:30 Wednesday. Capt. Geo. H. Coble was conductor and escaped unhurt, as the caboose did not leave the track. Engineer John T. Gayle, of Clover, Va., was instantly killed, and the colored fireman, and one colored brakeman slightly injured.
[There is a George H. Coble on the Richmond, Virginia, census from 1900, born in NC and both parents born in NC, whose occupation is listed as a railroad conductor. He was born in December 1852. This may or may not be the George Coble in this story.
I could not find definitive information on John T. Gayle, or, because no names are given, on the fireman and brakeman.]