Eden, MD Train Wreck, Apr 1907


Two Others Injured in Head-on Collision on the N. Y., P. & N.

Special to The Washington Post.

Salisbury, April 26 – In a head-on collision between north and south bound trains at Eden, a few miles south of this city, on the New York, Philadelphia, and Norfolk Railroad, JOHN P. PHILLIPS, engineer was instantly killed, and J. E. Strugis, conductor, and B. F. Bennett, fireman of the south-bound train, were seriously injured.

Sturgis and Bennett were at once brought to the Peninsula General Hospital, in this city, where their wounds were dressed. Sturgis is suffering from injuries to his back and hips and a slight scalp wound. Bennett is in a more serious condition, being badly lacerated about the face and head and his left shoulder is dislocated.

The exact cause of the wreck is not known. Mr. Sturgis stated in the hospital this morning, however, that he and his crew were running with an empty engine on passenger-schedule time on their way to Pocomoke City to assist the regular morning north-bound passenger train. Train No. 24, a north-bound freight, containing sixty cars, was for some unknown reason running on the open track on the south-bound engine’s time, and the trains came together just below Eden at the end of the passing siding. The accident occurred at 2:25 o’clock, and Mr. Sturgis stated that the smoke of the north-bound engine was beating down so that the train could not be seen.

No one of the crew on the freight train was injured.

The Washington Post, Washington D. C., 27 Apr 1907


Engineer JOHN PHILLIPS, of Delmar, Del., was killed in a head-on collision between a south-bound local passenger train and a north-bound freight on the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk railroad at Eden, Md. No passengers were injured.

Gazette, Stevens Point, WI 1 May 1907