Wellsburg, NY Train Collision, Mar 1870
ANOTHER DISASTER ON THE ERIE RAILROAD -- PART OF A TRAIN RUNS OFF THE TRACK NEAR WELLSBURG -- ANOTHER TRAIN, FOLLOWING, COLLIDES WITH THE BALANCE OF THE FIRST -- ONE MAN KILLED AND TWO YOUNG LADIES SERIOUSLY INJURED.
Elmira, N.Y., March 10, 1870.
A serious railroad accident occurred on the Erie Railway, near Wellsburg, six miles east of this city this morning. A portion of train No. 3 -- the passenger express -- which leaves New York at half-past six P.M., and arrives at Elmira at quarter to six A.M., was thrown from the track a short distance wast of Wellsburg, at a place called the Narrows. The accident was caused by a broken journal under the express car. The express car was thrown down the embankment into the Chemung River. The baggageman, named PERRY, and a brakeman named ALEXANDER EDWARDS, were in the baggage car at the time and went down the embankment with it. PERRY escaped without serious injury, but EDWARDS was killed.
Almost immediately after the first accident train No. 8 -- the Cincinnati express -- going east, came along and ran into that portion of train No. 3 which was on the track used by the eastward bound trains. By this collision two young ladies, daughters of Rev. T. C. EATON, a Universalist clergyman of Page County, Iowa, were seriously injured. The elder, MISS EATON, about twenty-two years of age, had one leg broken just below the hip and the other badly fractured above the ankle joint. Their father, who was with them, was uninjured. They are now at the Rathburn House, in this city, where everything is being done by the railroad company that can be to alieviate their sufferings.
New York Herald New York 1870-03-11