Syracuse, NY Train Wreck
October 15, 1857
Dreadful Accident on the New York Central
[From the Albany (N. Y.) Journal, Oct. 16.]
The local mail train on the Central road,
which left Rochester yesterday afternoon at
4:30, and which was due at Syracuse at 8:15 last
evening, met with a serious disaster when six
miles west of the latter city. Owing to the late
heavy rains in that vicinity, a culvert was
broken in, and the rail track was carried away.
The fact was unknown to either the engineer or
the conductor of the train, and while coming
along at the usual speed, the locomotive ran
into the stream, and a frightful breaking up of
the cars instantly ensued. We are indebted to
the telegraph operator of the Central road for a
list of the killed and wounded, as follows:
MISS BROWN, of Toronto, killed.
CLINTON BROWNSON, Westfield, Conn., fatally
JOHN OAKSBURY, of Vermilyes, Jefferson county,
SAMUEL PLUMB, of New York, slightly injured.
LIZZIE FRANKLIN, Warren, R. I., rib broken.
PATRICK NOLAN, baggage master, badly injured,
his legs and shoulders being badly broken.
P. PENTTINGER, emigrant baggage master, collar
R. HASLUP, engineer, bruised and arm scalded.
Fireman, badly bruised.
MR. McMASTER, the recently appointed mail agent,
was badly bruised.
MR. DeFOREST, of New Haven, Conn., arm broken.
The dead and wounded were conveyed to the
Globe Hotel at Syracuse, where medical
attendance was immediately obtained, and the
utmost care and attention paid to the injured.
We have, since writing the above, learned
that the portion of the road carried away, was a
high embankment, six miles west of Syracuse. It
was caused by heavy rains, and the rush of water
through a deep cut made through a hill upon
which the track was laid. The train was
precipitated down an embankment of twelve, into
a pool or stream of water six feet in depth. The
cars were badly broken, and one of them was
submerged to the depth of four feet over the
The night was dark and rainy. The place had
never given any indications of danger, and was
all in order just before dark. The train
consisted of an engine, baggage and two
MISS. BROWN, daughter of GEORGE BROWN, editor
of the Toronto Globe, was drowned in the cars.
She was in company with her father, en route to
England. He escaped with a few slight injuries.
CLINTON BROWNSON, who was reported fatally
injured, has since died.
It is feared that PATRICK NOLAN, the baggage
man, cannot long survive the injuries he has
We have been able to learn the names of only
eleven persons who were either killed or
injured; but we learn from various sources that
others were slightly bruised and maimed, but we
were unable to learn their names.
Philadelphia Press Pennsylvania 1857-10-19
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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