Lawn, NY Train Wreck
August 16, 1889
A FATAL OPEN SWITCH
Three Killed and Seven Injured in a Railroad
The Rome, Watertown, and Ognensburg express
train ran through an open switch at Forest Lawn,
nine miles east of Rochester, N. Y., at 8
o'clock in the morning.
One lady, MISS
PERRIN, was instantly killed, and
JOHN JAY, of Rochester, and
Fireman LANE of Oswego, were so badly
injured that they died soon after. Half a dozen
other persons were seriously injured. The list
of wounded is as follows:
H. M. PERRIN, head and face bruised
and injured internally;
MRS. H. M. PERRIN, collar bone
broken and badly bruised.
MR. And MRS. PERRIN are parents of
the young lady killed;
ANDREW TIFFANY, of Oswego, injured
internally; MRS. LEWIS
MOORE, of Gratwwick, N. Y., right leg
broken; SAMUEL BROWN,
of Sherman, N. Y., right leg cut off and toes of
left foot amputated;
JOHN BARKER, engineer, badly cut;
MISS MARY HANNON, of Siskyou,
Ontario, right leg broken and face and head
The accident was said to have been caused by
the neglect of proper signals. The station agent
set a flag to stop the express, but it was not
seen in time. The agent was attending to his
duties as telegraph operator and ticket agent,
and had no one to send with a flag.
The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1889-08-16
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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