Atlantic City, NJ Train Wreck, Jul 1896



BRIDGETON, N.J., July 31.- Nearly all the victims of the Atlantic City railroad catastrophe were residents of this town. Business here to-day was almost wholly suspended, and the place is in mourning. The bodies of the dead victims remain at Atlantic City, and it is not known when they will be sent here. A number of the injured are also at Atlantic City under treatment. A number of the survivors of the disaster arrived here this morning. They are unable to give a clear account of the accident, owing to the exciting and terrible experiences they had passed thro [sic]. They say that the cries of the injured and dying after the crash occurred are still ringing in their ears and will never be forgotten.

CHARLES W. SEEDS, one of the survivors, says he was in the fourth car of the train. The front part of the car was smashed to splinters. He called to his wife to follow, and jumped out of the window, landing on his head and hands. He hurt his leg and side, but quickly jumped up and pulled his wife thro [sic] the window. Her back and one leg were injured. SEEDS found that his wife was not seriously hurt, and then he turned his attention to the rescue of the injured who were still fastened in the cars. One little girl who was cut about the head he found held down by a [illegible] and took her outside. He next came across a woman who had been killed. The top of her head was crushed in. The flames from the blazing cars were fast creeping towards her, and he pulled the body away from the fire. He thinks it was MRS. TRENCHARD. He assisted in taking 11 dead bodies from the wreck.

JOSEPH ALLEN of Bridgeton sat three seats ahead of SEEDS. When the crash occurred he was thrown out in the aisle. He scrambled to his feet and jumped out the window, leaving his coat behind. He says the cries of the injured could be heard above the noise of the crashing wood and escaping steam. He had his leg injured.

R.M. ALLEN of Shiloh was in the last card. He was standing by the door facing Atlantic City. The door was closed, but when the crash occurred, it opened and he was thrown across the platform against the door of the next car. He was cut about the head and had his hip injured. His wife and two sons, ROY ALLEN, aged 10 years, and W.O. ALLEN, aged 12 years, were sitting in the seat with their mother. The mother escaped injury and the two boys were bruised about the head and body.

MISS LILLIAN TYLER of Bridgeton had her back injured. She came up on a train this morning. She was so excited and overcome with emotion at the injury and death of her friends that she could not control herself.

The Utica Morning Herald, Utica, NY, 1 August, 1896


1896 Atlantic City NJ Train Wreck

My great-grandparents, Job and Mary (McConnell) KIGER were passengers on this excursion train that crashed. Mary suffered a serious back injury from which she never fully recovered. Job passed away in 1899 supposedly his death was hastened due to crash and worry about his wife's injuries.