Andover, MA Railroad Accident, Jan 1853


Boston, Friday, Jan. 7.

Accounts from Andover this morning, state that General PIERCE and lady are now at the house of JOHN AIKEN at that place. They obtained some rest last night, and have not received much if any physical injury. The following is a correct list of the persons injured:
MR. NEWELL, of Cambridge, had his ribs broken, and is beyond recovery.
BENJ. KITRIDGE, of Pelham, N. H., one leg broken and otherwise seriously bruised.
The wife of JASON H. J. NEWELL, of Hillsboro, N. H., considerably bruised.
The daughter of MRS. NEWELL, had her foot so badly crushed that amputation is inevitable.
HORACE CHILDS, of Henniker, N. H., Bridge Contractor, head and face badly bruised.
F. D. RICHARDSON, a returned Californian, burned by the stove and bruised.
E. A. BAILEY, of Dumbarton, N. Y., thigh badly broken.
A. E. HALL, draftsman of the Phenix Company at Lawrence, badly hurt.

Among those who escaped injury were Professor RICHARDS, of Bowdoin College; Rev. MR. FULLER, of Manchester, and several merchants of this city.

MRS. PIERCE is prostrated with grief, but is comparatively calm.

The New York Times New York 1853-01-08

On January 6, 1853, Benjamin "Bennie" Pierce, the 11-year-old son of President-elect Franklin Pierce was killed in a train accident in town. The Boston & Maine noon express, traveling from Boston to Lawrence, was moving at 40 miles per hour when an axle broke. The only coach, in which Franklin Pierce was also riding, went down an embankment and broke in two. (The baggage car and locomotive remained on the track.) Pierce's son was the only passenger killed, but it was initially reported that Pierce was also a fatality. -