Conesus, NY Train Wreck
October 28, 1858
The Accident on the Buffalo and New York
Railroad -- Five Persons Killed.
[From the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Oct.
The night express train from New York, coming
west, met with an accident this morning about
nine o'clock, about a mile east of Conesus, by
which the engine-tender, baggage, and two
passenger cars were smashed up, involving a loss
of five lives, besides inflicting dangerous and
serious wounds upon others.
The train was running at the usual speed, the
track being on an ordinary ditch embankment, a
few feet above the level of the country. The
passenger and baggage cars, it was found, were
off the track, and, before the speed of the
engine could be checked, they were completely
wrecked, the material composing them being
scattered over considerable space. The engine
remained upon the track, the spreading of which
caused the dreadful calamity.
The accident was soon telegraphed East and
West, and medical and other aid was promptly
despatched [sic] to the scene of the accident.
It is hoped in time to be of avail to some of
the injured persons.
The following five persons were instantly
killed, some of them being dreadfully mutilated:
O. HURD, a
drover from New York city.
S. M. REED, Greene, Chenango county.
A WOMAN and INFANT, who are unknown.
THE SERIOUSLY WOUNDED.
H. M. VALENTINE, New York city.
ELIAS KUHN, New York city.
J. R. PADDOCK, Terre Haute, Indiana.
DAVID TREEWELLENGER, Green county,
MRS. DAVID TREEWELLENGER, Green
county, New York.
MATHIAS FOX, Avoca, New York.
W. WILLIS, St. Johnsville, New York.
WM. McEWEN, Ashtabula, Ohio.
There are several others badly wounded, whose
names we have not learned, and the number
slightly hurt --- that is, entailing nothing
worse than temporary illness and inconvenience
--- we do not know, but it is probably
considerable, though there were but two
passenger cars in the train. None of the
employees are mentioned among either the killed
Philadelphia Press 1858-10-30
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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