Greenville, ME Train Wreck, Jul 1894


Train Plunges Over a Trestle Near Greenville---Five Killed Outright.

BANGOR, Me., July 2.---About 7 o'clock this morning a terrible accident occurred to the Montreal express going east on the Canadian Pacific Railway, on a trestle over the west outlet to Moosehead Lake, some twelve miles from Greenville. The dead are:

FOSS, FRED, Canadian Pacific station agent at Greenville Junction, scalded to death: single.

HOYT, G. C., of Fort Fairfield, Mr.; riding second class.

LEAVITT, FRED, engineer of the train, residing in Megantic, Quebec; married; crushed under the engine.

STARKEY, WALTER, mail clerk, home St. John, N. B.; head crushed and mangled.

UNKNOWN MAN, riding second class; killed under the wreck.

The injured are:

BALFOUR, A., Nova Scotia.

DEVINE, _____, news agent, of Montreal.

DUKE, RICHARD, of New-Brunswick.

GRANT, Charles, station agent at Jackman; fatally.

KELLEY, W. J., of Megantic.

McDONALD, Angus, fireman; fatally.

WILLIAMS, W. E., Manchester, England.

The train was proceeding at its ordinary rate of speed when it struck the trestle. The engine and baggage, mail, second-class, and smoking cars went over the trestle into a rocky gorge, some twenty-five feet below, it was a wooden trestle with an iron bridge in the centre. About forty feet of the western end of the trestle collapsed beneath the train.

The sleeping car was the only one that did not go into the gorge. It was thrown on its side in the gulley. A scene of indescribable confusion followed. The first three cars were telescoped, the tops torn off, and timbers wrenched into pieces. Great seventy-pound rails were twisted like twigs in the debris and baggage and boxes were mixed up and broken.

The passengers numbered twenty-three. They were terribly frightened and few escaped without bruises of some sort. A wrecking train was sent from Brownville Junction as soon as possible, carrying a rescue party, including four physicians, who did noble work.

The wounded were extricated from the wreck, a hospital was improvised, and wounds were attended to as well as possible under the circumstances. The dead and injured were afterward put aboard a car and taken to Greenville Junction, whence they were carried to Moosehead Inn, which was turned into a hospital.

Fireman Angus MacDonald was fatally injured. He jumped to save his life before the train went through. His death is expected at any moment, if it has not already occurred. Charles Grant, station agent at Jackman, was also fatally injured it is believed.

Of the twenty-three passengers all are accounted for.

Opinions as to the cause of the wreck differ. Some claim it was caused by the giving way of the western end of the trestle, while others claim that a sleeper was placed on the track, on the trestle, with the intent of wrecking the train. Certain it is that a new sleeper was found with marks of wheels on it and many firmly believe it was the cause.

The fireman jumped from the train, which would give color to the theory of an obstruction, which he must have seen as the train was about to strike. The Coroner's inquest will continue to-morrow, and light will probably be thrown on the question.

The Maine Railroad Commissioners are on their way to the scene of the wreck, and will thoroughly investigate the matter.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Jul 1894