Chester, MA Train Wreck, Aug 1893
ETHEL CARSON, Dalton, Mass.; shoulder sprained.
ROBERT CUCKSON, Boston; Wagner car porter; badly scalded.
SUMNER CUMMINGS, Worcester; bruised and sprained knee.
MRS. SUMNER CUMMINGS, Worcester; compound fracture of leg, and bruises.
MRS. JAMES T. ELDREDGE, Boston; broken hip, fractured shoulder.
THEODORA ELDREDGE, Boston; seriously.
JOHN EMERSON, brakeman, Boston; left eye badly bruised.
MURRAY GRAVES, Boston; broken arm and leg.
WALTER HAWKINS, Pittsfield; bad scalp wound and serious contusion of mouth and nose.
WILLIAM HORTON, Albany; locomotive engineer; badly bruised, left hip broken, and internal injuries feared.
J. WALDRON JOHNSON, Boston, porter; had scalp wound.
FRANK LANG, Chicago; bruised chest and back.
M. F. LEACH, Rainfall; fractured left thigh.
MRS. JAMES T. LEE, Boston.
MRS. DR. ALICE LITTEL, Brookline, Mass.; bad scalp wound.
LEWIS MITCHELL, Albany; badly bruised and fractured ribs.
JANE McCLATCHEY, Attleborough; broken rib.
JOHN PLATT, Riverton, N.J.; bruised.
MRS. JOHN PLATT, Riverton, N.J.; bruised.
WELLESLEY PORTER, buffet-car porter, Boston; fractured thigh.
MRS. LLEWELLYN PRATT, Norwich, Conn.; right thigh sprained, hand cut.
MRS. HELEN RICH, Pittsfield; cut face.
MARY SADIE, Springfield, bruised.
ROSE STEPHANIE, Springfield; fractured ribs.
WINTHROP WADE, Boston; fracture of left thigh.
MRS. H. E. WHITNEY, Cleveland, Ohio; badly bruised and scalp wound.
ARTHUR WILLIAMS, Lenox; bad scalp wound.
MRS. J. N. WINCHESTER, West Roxbury; bruised.
The train was seven minutes late at Chester, and the railroad hands say it was going at the rate of twenty miles an hour when it struck the first of the two spans across the Westfield River. The locomotive seemed to leap across the bridge, as the trusses collapsed and fell over to the south.
The bridge was built in 1874. It was a two-span lattice structure 221 feet long. It stretched across the west branch of the Westfield River.
The ill-fated train was one of the fastest expresses on the road, stopping only at Pittsfield in its run from Albany to Springfield. It carries the largest engine and best cars of any train running west of Springfield.
The scene of the accident is but a short distance below Chester, and is just below the steep grade going up the mountain. Word was carried to the village promptly, and the people did their best to care for the injured.
Two wrecking trains left Springfield immediately after the accident. On the second train were Medical Examiner Breck and Dr. Seelye of Springfield.
Superintendent Cone of Chester, who has charge of the mountain division of the road, took charge of the wreck, and with the assistance of the extra engines and section hands did much toward clearing away the wreck before the arrival of the wreckers from Springfield. The physicians of Huntington arrived on the scene and did much to relieve the sufferings of the injured.
The heroes of the work of rescue were Dr. George L. Wood of Collinsville, who went to the train to meet his wife, and the colored porters and waiters in the dining car. Although their faces were bruised and cut and covered with blood, they did splendid work.
The hospital was a group of apple trees in an adjoining orchard, where scores were taken. Ox teams arrived with loads of straw, cushions, bedding, and food. The wounded were soon removed to the houses of N. A. Harwood, Washington Moore, and J. C. Crooker, and all that remained on the apple-strewn ground were thirteen bodies covered with red blankets from an adjoining stable.
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