Atlantic City, NJ Train Wreck, Jul 1896
THE JERSEY DISASTER.
DEATH OF FIVE OF THE INJURED INCREASES THE LIST TO 47.
MANY OF THE 47 LYING IN HOSPITALS SERIOUSLY INJURED ARE NOT EXPECTED TO LIVE - FIVE OF THE DEAD NOT YET IDENTIFIED - IMPOSSIBILITY FOR THE [ILLEGIBLE] OF THE SPEEDING TRAIN.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., July 21 - As a result of the collision last evening between the Reading railroad express from Philadelphia and the Bridgeton excursion train 47 people are dead and 44 are lying in the hospital here more or less seriously hurt. Of the injured in the hospital several are expected to die. Besides those seriously enough hurt to be in the hospital, a score or more of people were bruised and shaken up. The fearful shock of the collision is illustrated by the fact that of the 47 dead, 42 were killed outright. Of the dead, 42 have been identified and the bodies of three women, one man and a boy, are awaiting claimants.
The responsibility for the accident is hard to place at this time, but the burden of it seems to rest upon the dead engineer of the Reading train, EDWARD FARR, tho [sic] an official investigation may clear his name. It was reported last night that when MRS. FARR heard of her husband's death she fell dead. This was not true. She fell in a swoon and tonight is lying in a serious condition from the shock.
Following is a revised list of the identified dead:
CHARLES MUTTA, Bridgeton; JOHN GROINER, Bridgeton; CHARLES BLACKLER, CHARLES P. McGEAR, Bridgeton; RICHARD TRENCHARD and wife, Bridgeton; S.P. MURPHY, Millville; JOSEPH PETERS and son, Bridgeton; J.D. JOHNSON, Bridgeton; CHARLES D. BURROUGHS, Bridgeton; CHARLES SOOY, Bridgeton; P.F. BELL and wife, Bridgeton; W.C. LEPER, Bridgeton; MR. and MRS. P.H. GOLDSMITH, Bridgeton; SAMUEL THORN, baggagemaster, Atlantic City; FRANKLIN DUBOIS, Deerfield; JOSHUA ERNEST, Bridgeton; MRS. MARY WENTALL, Alloway; MRS. LYDIA CARL, Hancock's Bridge; PEARD MUTTA, Bridgeton; MRS. ELLEN MAY, Palatine; MRS. MARY FREAS, and daughter, Bridgeton; EDWARD FARR, engineer Reading train, Atlantic City; CHARLES SEIBERT, Bridgeton; JAMES M. BATEMAN and wife, Bridgeton; REBA M. LEPER, Yorktown; MISS TILLIE LEEDS, Bridgetown; MRS. HATTIE LOPER, Bridgeton; NANNIE CHENEY, Bridgeton; [illegible] MAY, boy, Bridgeton; WILLIAM SPAULDIA, transfer agent Reading railroad, Philadelphia; HENRY HUGHES, Bridgeton; WILLIAM PRICHETT, Bridgeton; E.E. TAYLOR, JOSEPH CHENEY, Bridgeton; CHARLES MAY, Palatine; MRS. SAILLE [illegible], Bridgeton.
AT THE [illegible] OF THE ACCIDENT.
ALL THAT IS OF THE [illegible] DEAD IDENTIFIED - [illegible].
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., July 31 - The work of searching for the dead at the scene of last evening's railroad catastrophe was continued all thro [sic] the night and this morning.
With the exception of the body of Engineer FARR, which was pinned in the earth under the engine, no others were recovered from the wreck. The engineer had met instant death at his post, and in the collision had become wedged under the engine, an iron arm crushing in his breast and fastening him to the earth in a manner which resisted all attempts to release him last night.
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