North Yarmouth, ME Train Wreck, Feb 1912


Two Freights Collide at North Yarmouth, Me., and Cars Burn, Incinerating Trainmen

Three trainmen were burned to death in a freight wreck on the Grand Trunk railroad near North Yarmouth (Me.) station yesterday morning.  Two freight trains collided with terrific impact the wreckage igniting. Three men in one of the locomotives were burned beneath the mass and roasted to death.

The Dead,

RAY JORDAN of Yarmouth, fireman.

HARRY CORLISS of Island Pont, Vt.

--- BARNES of Island Pond.

Corliss was alive when villagers reached the wreck. The wreckage was burning fiercely and it was seen that it was absolutely impossible to release him. Corliss asked that something be given him to ease his sufferings and chloroform was administered by a physician.  Shortly after villagers were driven back by the heat and the three men were incinerated in view of the helpless spectators.  The financial loss to the railroad is estimated at $50,000.

Arthur Corliss, the brakeman on the Portland-bound train, was discovered alive beneath a burning box car filled with grain.  He was conscious and asked his would-be rescuers if they could save him.  When they found that he was pinned fast by the wreckage and that the fire was approaching so rapidly as to forbid any hope of releasing him, the situation was explained to him and he begged that something be given him to relieve his suffering.

At the risk of his own life Dr. William Sturdivant of Yarmouth crawled under the car and thrust into the injured man's hand a handkerchief soaked with chloroform to relieve his sufferings. A moment after the physician had withdrawn from the perilous position, the car collapsed and Corliss's body was buried in the burning wreckage.  The body of Engineer Barnes of the train from Portland was recovered.  He had been suffocated in grain and slightly burned.  Corliss's body had not been recovered last night.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 16 Feb 1912