Milford, CT Trains In Rear End Collision, Feb 1916
PROBE BEGUN IN MILFORD WRECK
NINE DEAD, OVER FIFTY PERSONS INJURED.
LOCAL RUNS INTO EXPRESS.
Flagman Meets Death While Waving Signal to Stop Oncoming Train -- Ill Fated Engineer, Rounding Curve at Fast Clip, Fails to See Sign.
New Haven, Conn., Feb. 23 -- An investigation to ascertain the cause of the train wreck near Milford, in which nine persons were killed and scores injured, was begun by the Connecticut public utilities commission.
MR. ELWELL said that he was confident of finding out the cause and whose was the responsibility despite the fact that the engineer, the fireman and the flagman, the persons most intimately connected with the collision, were killed.
The dead are:
GEORGE C. ALLEN, Groton, Conn.
PATRICK CONNORS, New York.
W. R. CURTIS, engineer of train No. 6.
J. FRICK, Pullman porter, train No. 79.
J. FRY, Pullman porter, train No. 79.
MISS SUSAN R. HIGHLAND, New Haven.
E. L. McGINNIS, fireman.
G. L. TOURTELETTE, flagman, train No. 79.
Unidentified man, a passenger: Armenian, believed to be MARDERS HOVHANESSIAN.
Two Trains Jump Tracks.
A westbound local passenger train crashed into the rear of a westbound express stalled ahead of it, and the two trains, jumping from the rails, were sideswiped by a long freight train moving westward on the adjacent track.
Wooden and steel cars of all three trains were tangled and mixed in a great pile of wreckage, under which killed and injured persons were scattered. The exploding of the boiler of the engine on the local train caused the death of several. Of those injured eight are expected to die.
The wreckage spread over all four parallel tracks of the New Haven, and traffic was completely blocked for seven hours. All three of the men who would be able to fully explain the wreck were killed. They were the flagman of the stalled express train who had started back to stop the oncoming local, and the engineer and fireman of the local train.