Canaan, CT Train Wreck, Jun 1913


Eight Passengers Hurt, One Mortally, in Wreck at Canaan.

Special to The New York Times.

CANAAN, Conn., June 23.---Two milk cars shunted against a passenger coach on the New Haven Road a the station here at 2 o'clock this afternoon, sent the coach crashing into a local freight train of the Central New England Road, as the latter was backing over a crossover. One aged woman was seriously injured, and six other persons sustained injuries more or less painful.

The milk train was bound from Pittsfield, Mass., to Bridgeport, Conn., and the freight train was going from Canaan to Winsted. The milk train locomotive ran past the station to pick up two milk cars, shunted back, struck the passenger coach with such force as to send it against the freight. It is reported that faulty brakes or faulty braking was the cause of the accident. The passenger car was overturned and badly crushed, while one of the cars of the freight train was practically demolished.

Mrs. Frank M. Olin, 86, of Falls Village, Conn., was dragged from the passenger coach unconscious and was removed to the home of Judge George Ford, where she had been visiting. Later she was removed to her home in Falls Village, where the physicians who attended her said that her skull was fractured and that she could not live through the night. Mrs. M. C. Lowerre, 70, of Washington Hollow, Clinton Corners, N. Y., was seriously hurt. She is at a local hotel, attended by her daughter and physicians, who as yet have been unable to determine the extent of her injuries. Mrs. James Dwy of Torringtion, another septuagenarian, received injuries about the head and shoulders.

Mrs. N. H. Blake of Cornwall Bridge, Conn., was carrying a year-old baby in her arms when the collision occurred. The child was thrown from the arms of its mother, but was caught by F. C. Sprague and saved from serious injury. Mrs. Blake's leg was broken, and Mr. Sprague was injured in rescuing the infant.

Some of the others who were injured were: Napoleon Stone, Rutland, Vt., cuts and bruises; Mrs. George Morrison, Lime Rock, Conn., bruises about body and nervous shock; A. R. Fairfield, Hartford, Conn., injuries to shoulders, and W. H. Wood, Granville, N. Y., injuries to arm.

The New York Times, New York, NY 24 Jun 1913