Waterbury, CT Train Wreck, Oct 1895


WATERBURY, Conn., Oct. 14. -- A serious freight wreck occurred here when two parts of a broken train came together. Ten cars loaded with trotting horses, live stock and other exhibits from the Danbury fair, which closed last week, were crushed and thrown down a 40 foot embankment. MAZEPPA, the famous champion trick horse of the world, valued at $40,000, was instantly killed, one man was fatally injured and two other seriously hurt. The injured are:
GEORGE W. LUSGOE, groom, both legs broken, will die.
HENRY THOMPSON, Boston, cut about head.
JAMES McCARRON, Boston, contusions on head, arms and body.
The train, which was a long one, was made up at Danbury, and it carried little besides the exhibits which had been displayed at the fair. When about a mile from this city, it parted in the middle, and the two sections came together again with a tremendous crash when near the center of the city. Cars were splintered and piled up in every direction. Ten of them fell in fragments to the bottom of a 40 foot embankment.
The car containing the famous MAZEPPA was reduced to kindling wood, and the house was killed on the spot. He was owned by H. D. McGUIRE of Boston. The groom, HARRY THOMPSON, had a miraculous escape. He jumped when the crash came and sustained only slight cuts and bruises over the eyes. McCARRON was pinned under a portion of the wreck for two hours and had to be cut out with saws and axes. LUSGOE was terribly crushed.
The loss to the road and others besides McGUIRE, owner of MAZEPPA, will exceed $15,000.

Ogdensburg Advance and St. Lawrence Weekly Democrat New York 1895-10-14