Derby, CT Train Wreck, Apr 1908


Trainmen Hurt, Locomotive and Cars Wrecked, and Tracks Torn Up.

Special to The New York Times.

DERBY, Conn., April 9.---When making a trip from Bridgeport to Waterbury early to-day over the tracks of the New York, Hew Haven & Hartford Railroad, Freight Engine 468 of the mogul type, blew up at Wheeler's Farms, three miles below Derby. The engine was drawing a train of thirty-five loaded cars, and the three forward cars were destroyed.

Some of the trainment[sic] jumped, and one of them, James Templeton, a brakeman of New Haven, suffered a fractured skull. Harry W. Kowe, the fireman, of Winsted, although badly scalded about the back and suffering extreme pain, walked from the scene of the accident to Naugatuck Junction, from which place he was taken to the hospital at Bridgeport. Frank Gilbert, engineers of Waterbury, was scalded about the hands.

The locomotive was completely wrecked, and the debris strewn about over the tracks, while the roadbed was also torn up for some distance. The accident is said to have been caused either by a flaw in the engine or low water in the boiler.

The wreck is said to be the worst in years on this division, shipments of freight for Ansonia and points in the Nautatuck[sic] Valley are damaged, and the loss will be heavy.

The New York Times, New York, NY 10 Apr 1908