Oriskany, NY Train Wreck, Oct 1901

FOUR MEN KILLED IN WRECK

Freight Collision Near Utica, N. Y., Results Fatally.

By Publishers Press Direct Wire

Utica, N. Y., Oct 8. Four men were killed in a freight wreck on the Mohawk division of the New York Central near the village of Oriskany seven miles from here early this morning. The dead are

SPENCER SHANNON of Schenectady, engineer
ARGYLE SMITH of Rensselaer, fireman
GEORGE PALMER of Rensselaer, fireman
WILLIAM WIER of Albany, brakeman

Engineer JAMES HAGER was injured but not seriously.

The wreck was caused by a collision between east bound freight 1861 and light engine 1569.

The Trenton Times, Trenton, NJ 8 Oct 1901

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NEW YORK CENTRAL WRECK

UTICA, N. Y., Oct. 8.--A head-on collision near here on the New York Central between a freight and a light engine killed four this morning. The dead are:

ANGYLE SMITH, fireman
GEORGE PALMERTON, fireman.
SPENCER SHANNON, engineer.
WILIAM WIER, brakeman.

The wreckage was terrible, covering the four tracks, delaying traffic for hours.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 8 Oct 1901

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Utica, N.Y., Oct. 8. -- One of the worst wrecks n the history of the Mohawk division of the new York Central & Hudson River railroad occurred early today in the village of Oriskan, [sic] seven miles west of this city. Four railroad men were killed and one was injured.....

An eastbound freight train collided with a light engine which was crossing from track three to track four, thus causing the wreck, The crash was a terrific one and in an instant all four of the New York Central tracks were completely blocked.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 9 Oct 1901