Branford, CT Passenger Train Thrown Off Rails, Aug 1865

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New Haven, Wednesday, Aug. 23.
The Palladium says that about 7 1/2 o'clock last night, the evening train from New London ran over a cow, three miles this side of Branford, and the baggage, mail and first passenger cars were thrown from the track.
The baggage car turned a complete somersault down an embankment, and rolled over twice, and was badly smashed.
Almost all the employes of the road, ten or twelve in number were injured, some seriously, but none fatally. But one passenger was badly injured.
A special train returned to this city with the wounded, at 12 o'clock in the night.

Second Dispatch.
New Haven, Wednesday, Aug. 23.
The following is a list of those injured by the accident on the Shore Line last night:
L. P. HEMPSTEAD, mail agent, head bruised, mouth cut, and right knee injured.
IRA HICKS, express messenger, hurt in the back, and it is feared has recieved internal injuries.
CHARLES PETTIBONE, baggage-master, slightly bruised.
HIRAM DAVISON, bridge-builder -- slightly injured in foot and leg.
E. F. STRICKLAND, conductor -- in right foot.
CLINTON SHEPPARD, conductor -- head cut and leg bruised.
WILLIAM BROWN, water-boy -- badly bruised; was taken up for dead, but will live.
THOMAS CAHILL, brakeman -- knee cut.
WILLIAM BISHOP -- badly burned.
Eight persons were in the baggage-car, which turned a double somersault down the embankment.

From the New Haven Journal, Aug. 23.
Last evening, about 7:30 o'clock, as the evening train from New London to this city was about three miles from Branford, the engine ran over a cow. No headlight is used on this train, as it usually arrives before one is needed; moreover, the train had just reached a curve, and there would not have been time to stop if the obstruction had been seen. The engine passed safely, and was not thrown off, but the baggage and mail car, and first passenger -- a new sleeping car -- were thrown from the track. The baggage car was pitched down a considerable embankment, and rolled completely over twice -- some say three times -- and was of course considerably broken. The sleeping car was dislodged from its truck, and simply thrown up on its side, where it rested comparatively uninjured. The other cars were not dislodged.
There were seven persons in the baggage car when it went over. It seems almost incredible that not one of them was killed, and no one, it is believed, dangerously injured, although all were more or less hurt, and some quite badly. It was at first thought that the water boy was killed, but he afterward revived and is said not to be in danger. The mail agent was badly hurt; another person, a passenger, severely injured in the leg; and all cut or bruised considerably; but all werer amazed to find themselves alive after such a somersault. The passenger car was a new sleeping car recently put upon the road, and is not, we believe, very much damaged. One of the passengers in it was considerably and several others slightly bruised.
We have not been able to learn the names of any of the sufferers, as the train did not reach this city until half past twelve. Conductor SHEPHARD, who is said to have received some injury himself, nevertheless walked to East Haven, rode in on a milk wagon, and returned with a car, workmen to clear the track, the master mechanic and Superintendent CALHOUN, by whom the wreck was overhauled as rapidly as possible. The night baggage and passengers for Boston by this route were forwarded by the Hartford trains, but we presume the track will be ready for use again this morning.

The New York Times New York 1865-08-24