Brooklyn, NY Trains Collide, July 1884

MEETING WITH A CRASH.

PROBABLE FATAL COLLISION ON THE CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD.

Brooklyn, July 15. -- A collision occurred on the Brooklyn Bath and Coney Island railroad, near Greenwood cemetery, yesterday afternoon, by which several people were severely injured, some probably fatally. The engineer of a coal train, in endeavoring to reach the switch just outside the city limits before the 2:30 train from Coney Island miscalculated the time and met the incoming train just after rounding a curve. The two trains came together with a crash. There was much confusion. A number of people were bruised. The engineer of the coal train having reversed his engine, it started backward towards the depot, and after running a short distance struck the 3 o'clock train from the depot, demolishing the engine and front passenger car of that train. It is remarkable that the loss of life is not very serious.
MR. FREDERICK ALSTON was severely injured about the head; JACOB BROWN, engineer of the 3 o'clock train, was fatally injured; HENRY C. BAVEN and JAMES LONGMORE received injuries abot the face and head. Several others were hurt, but with the exception of BROWN, and possibly one oher, none will die.

Biddeford Journal Maine 1884-07-16