View, NY Train Wreck
March 14, 1890
FATAL RAILROAD WRECK.
One Section of an Express Train Crashes Into the
More Than a Score of Persons Killed or Injured.
Six persons have been killed and about twenty
injured in a railroad accident on the Lake Shore
road at Bay View, nine miles from Buffalo, N.
Y., by the Chicago Express breaking in two, and
the two sections then coming into collision.
The killed were:
MR. AND MRS. STEWART, of Rochester.
MRS. J. D. BAUCUS, Rome, N. Y.
J. SWAN, the colored porter.
JOHN W. FLYNN, of Canton, Ohio.
JOHN T. POWER, of Pittsfield, Mass.
The two sections of the wrecked train arrived
at Buffalo about 1 o'clock in the morning with
the dead and injured. The bodies were placed on
trucks in the baggage room and the injured were
removed to the hospitals or hotels.
Pullman Conductor FEST said the stream
coupling broke in pulling out of Dunkirk,
leaving them without steam. When near West
Hamburg he made the startling discovery that the
train had broken. He pulled the air-brake cord
and found that it would not work. He ran to the
third car and found, the air-brake there also
useless. He was just turning the brakes when the
crash came. The first section had, on finding
that there had been a split, stopped, and the
second section, going down grade, crashed into
it. He yelled for the porter, and they went in
and saw five persons pinned in the smoking room
of the car Galena, and they helped them. Their
escape was almost miraculous, as they got out
with slight injuries.
The collision jammed the Galena right under
the passenger coach in the rear, which was
thrown on top of it. Of those in the Galena two
were killed, nine injured, and one unknown man
One man was killed in the passenger coach, an
Italian, name unknown, and J. SWAN, the colored
porter of the Galena, was thrown thirty feet
into a ditch and killed. Both legs and arms were
broken, his chest stove in and his head smashed.
Porter WALDRON, (colored) of the Auburn, and
Conductor FEST got out the exes and went to work
to free the imprisoned passengers. The Galena
was split into kindling wood, and nothing
remained of it except the trucks and one side.
The wreck started to take fire, when Porter
WALDRON dashed into the wreckage, and at much
danger to himself succeeded in extinguishing two
lamps in the sleeper which were flaring up
ominously. But for this timely action a number
of persons would have perished in the flames.
One of the saddest incidents of the accident
was that which befell JOS. D. BAUCUS, a bright
young lawyer of Saratoga. A week ago MR. BAUCUS
was married to a handsome young lady of Rome, N.
Y. The happy couple had spent their honeymoon in
the West and were returning home on the Galena.
When the accident occurred the young lady was
pinioned in the wreck. Her body was horribly
bruised and her skull badly crushed. Her husband
was injured about the legs and head. She was
brought into a sleeper and the surgeons set
about mending her wounds. Portions of the skull
had to be taken out. The bridegroom was
stretched out on another seat, two doctors
working over him. Every few minutes he jumped up
to get a look at his wife. The doctors
restrained him by keeping him constantly
informed of her condition but the suspense was
too much for him. He jumped up and brushing the
doctors aside, folded his arms about the dying
woman's form. “She's cold,” he cried in despair,
and he glanced up for a look of disapproval from
the physicians, who stood by. “No she's living
yet,” answered on of the doctors. The devotion
of the broken hearted husband was touching in
the extreme. He refused to be led away, and
clung to the side of his unconscious wife,
kissing her bleeding lips and urging the doctors
on the further efforts. But medical skill proved
unavailing. The wife died as the train was
slowly rolling into Buffalo. MR. BAUCUS is
E. E. STEWART, of Rochester, with his wife
and eighteen months old baby, was in the day
coach when the crash came. MR. STEWART was
instantly killed. The baby was uninjured. She
was found prattling in the arms of her dead
mother, and crying “Mamma, mamma!” The ladies
took her away and the little child fell asleep.
The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1890-03-14
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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