Whitesboro, NY Train Wreck
May 12, 1858
Dreadful Railroad Accident!
Morning Herald Office.
UTICA, May 12. -- A frightful Railroad
accident occurred this morning at 6 ½ o,clock,
on the Central Railroad, by the crushing of a
bridge over the Saquoit Creek, some 3 ½ miles
west of this city, near Whitesboro.
Seven or eight persons are already dead. Five
or six others are barely alive, and the injured
number forty or more. The killed are, A. MOORE
of Rising Sun, Ind, head crushed, since died;
two children of ABRAHAM MACK, of Cincinnati; an
unknown man lying in the baggage room at Utica;
an Irishman aged apparently 60 years, name
unknown – his head entirely smashed, and he
seems to have died instantly; a negro whose legs
are cut off; an infant child of CARL HOVER, St.
Louis. The wounded are JAS. WARD, Schenectady,
Conductor of the train, badly bruised, but it is
believed not dangerously; W. H. PERKINS, grocer,
Rochester, N. Y., badly hurt about the head and
chest; he probably will not recover; WALTER H.
SHUBE, of Rome, Ohio, injured about the spine,
but it is thought not dangerously; M. BELTMAN,
Cincinnati, injured very seriously about the
head and chest, arm also fractured; it is feared
he will not recover.
S. P. TUCKER, Dry Ridge, Grant C., Ky.,
slightly injured about the shoulder and side;
GEO. COIT, Columbus, Ohio, wounded in the leg
but not seriously.
The three following are from Lousville [sic]
Ky. --- C. F. DUSHEE, a lad 15 or 16 years old,
injured about the head slightly; MRS. SCHENCK,
arm and head badly hurt; MISS ALDRICH, slightly
A. COBB, Yorkshire, Cattaraugus Co., N.Y.,
slightly cut on the head, and shoulders severely
bruised; MR. And MRS. SPHOVEN, residence not
ascertained, MRS. S. has about three inches of
the scalp torn off, a tooth knocked out, and
otherwise seriously injured. Faint hopes are
entertained of her recovery. CARL HOOVER of St.
Louis, bound for Germany, was pretty severely
bruised. He was accompanied by his wife and
little child; the former is somewhat bruised and
burned --- the latter an infant son two years
old, was badly burned by the upsetting of the
stove in the car, and probably will not recover.
MR. RILEY of Albany, brakesman [sic] on the
train, has a broken leg. MR. HALLY of
Schenectady, another brakesman [sic], is
J. F. TRACY, Superintendent of the Chicago &
R. I. R. R., badly cut over the eye but not
dangerously; JOHN CLEMENS, of Erie, Pa, badly
bruised and sprained, but left in the next
train; MISS COOK of Sunbury, Delaware Co., N.Y.,
slightly bruised about the head; S. S. HORTON,
Binghampton, slightly bruised; WM. HART,
Cleveland, O., bad contusion on the head and
arm, bruised but not dangerously; A. A.
LANGWORTHY, St. Clairville, Chat. Co., N. Y.,
slightly injured; S. M. ALLEN, President of the
Niagara Falls Co., slightly hurt; R. W. BUCKLEY
and sister MARY of New York, both slightly
bruised; MRS. L. W. ANDREWS, Tempster, N. H.,
bruised slightly; MR. BICKNELL, of Rome, father
of CASHIER BICKNELL, pretty badly hurt; a lady
from Kentucky name unknown is padly [sic]
wounded and probably will not recover; ABRAM
MACK, wife and six children, all were more or
less injured, two of the children were dead, the
parents will recover; JOSEPHENE HOUBLER, a young
lady accompanying MR. And MRS. MACK, is badly
hurt on the head; DAVID LEVI (unsure), of
Cincinnati, had a bad compression of the ribs,
but will brobably [sic] recover; RAPHAEL BOWMAN,
of Strasburg, Germany, has a fractured leg and a
wound on the head; JOHN McDONALD, of Morris,
Otsgo [sic] Co., badly hurt about the head and
right arm, but will recover.
JOHN WALLACE, of Eagle Harbor, Lake Superior,
neck hurt; JOHN MUNROE, Greenhouse, hurt
internally of left side; HUGH LISLAY, of
Minnesota, bound for Dover, head cut open badly,
the scalp torn off the forehead, and eyelid cut
loose; MR. YATES, of Fulton, scalp loosened, but
not seriously injured; G. E. KNOWLES, of
Samboraton Bridge, N. H., terribly bruised about
the head, is now deranged, and can hardly
recover; the wife of MICHAEL BRODERICK, of
Boston, had her scalp completely but around, her
husband and child on adjoining seats were not
injured; MRS. MARY BACHELDOR, mother-in-law of
DR. L. W. FASQUELLE, of St. Johns, Mich., was
hurt across the neck and shoulder, and
internally. Many others were more or less
bruised, but none so seriously as those
mentioned. The accident occurred to the
Cincinnati Express, due here at 6:20 A. M. It
was somewhat behind time at Whitesboro, and was
coming at a high rate of speed when it met on
the bridge over the Sauquoit Creek, the Utica
Accommodation for the west, each on its own
track. The engines crossed the bridge, but as
the passenger cars of the Express and the
freight cars of the Accommodation came upon it,
the north side gave way, precipitating the
freight carts into the creek, and piling the
passenger cars one above the other, splintering
platforms and seats to atoms, as the cars struck
The persons injured were all on the express.
The passenger car on the accommodation did not
reach the bridge.
Different stories are told as to the cause of
the accident. One is that an axle of the express
baggage car broke as it reached the bridge, and
thus threw the trains together. The other
attributes the casualty to the rottenness of the
timbers of the bridge.
Major PRIEST, Local Superintendent of the
Road, happened to be on the accommodation train.
He at once dispatched a sufficient number of men
to the relief of the sufferers.
A large number of wounded were immediately
brought to this city and taken to BAGG'S HOTEL,
the McGREGOR HOUSE, the NORTHERN HOTEL, and the
RAILROAD HOUSE. Others were cared for at
Whitesboro. Physicians were summoned, and
everything was done that could be to relieve
The Erie Observer Pennsylvania 1858-05-15
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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