Brunswick, ME Train Wreck, Oct 1870
A very severe disaster occurred October 27th, on the Bath Branch of the Portland and Kennebec road. The train consisted of an empty box car, three platform cars, followed by a baggage car and two passenger cars. The accident was caused by the breaking of a wheel on the rear platform car. Mr. Crawford, the baggage-master, was standing on the platform at the moment. A fragment of the wheel struck him with great force, braking his left arm, cutting his clothes across the abdomen, crushing his foot, and making several contusions. He lived but a little while. The coroner's jury found "that the deceased, George W. Crawford, came to his death on Thursday, October 27th, at 2:30 o'clock P.M., on the Bath branch of the Portland and Kennebec Railroad, by the breaking of a wheel of a platform car belonging to the Androscoggin Railroad, and throwing he cars from the track, at Thompson's brook, in Brunswick; and the jury severely censure the employes[sic] of said Androscoggin Railroad Company for suffering the wheel to be run on the road."
Annual Report of the Railroad Commissioners of the State of Maine By Maine for the Year 1870, page 22