Annapolis Junction, MD, Train Wreck, June 1869

The second passenger car was not shattered as badly as either of the other two, but was badly broken, nor were any of the passengers seriously injured, though several received bruises, etc.

The forward end of the sleeping cars was considerably smashed, but none of the passengers was injured.

The special car, occupied by General GRANT and family, escaped without injury.

Mr. TOOLE, of the superintendent's department at Camden Station, in company with Drs. KLOMAN and CURRY, were among those who went down to the wreck from this city. The passengers were soon extricated from the broken cars, and those receiving injuries requiring surgical attention proceeded to the house of the agent of the company about 150 yards distant, where attention was speedily afforded them. Mr. WEIL, the seriously injured passenger, remained at the agent's house until morning, when the superintendent of the road, Mr. WILSON, having arrived, suggested to the injured man that he would send him to Baltimore by a special car, but Mr WEIL preferred to be taken to the hotel nearby, at the junction.

Considerable difficulty was experienced in clearing the road of the wreck in consequence of the accident occurring in a deep cut. Several of the passengers removed the cushions from the cars and placing them upon the side of the road, watched the men at work with considerable interest. Fires were built by the workmen in order to afford light, etc, which made the situation of those using the cushions quite comfortable.

The track was finally cleared and, other cars being substituted for the wrecked ones, the train proceeded on its way and reached Baltimore about 5.30 A.M., and proceeded North. A number of the passengers returned to Washington

Gen. GRANT and party came on to Baltimore and continued North.

It is a source of wonder to railroad men and others that an accident of such magnitude as the one described above, could occur with no more serious results as to the loss of life and maiming of individuals.