Whitesboro, NY Train Wreck, May 1858

Whitesboro Train Wreck, May 1858

Dreadful Railroad Accident !

Morning Herald Office
UTICA, May 12.

A frightful Railroad accident occurred this morning at 6½ o,clock, on the Central Railroad, by the crushing of a bridge over the Saquoit Creek, some 3½ miles west of this city, near Whitesboro.

Seven or eight persons are already dead. Five or six others are barely alive, and the injured number forty or more. The killed are, A. MOORE of Rising Sun, Ind, head crushed, since died; two children of ABRAHAM MACK, of Cincinnati; an unknown man lying in the baggage room at Utica; an Irishman aged apparently 60 years, name unknown, his head entirely smashed, and seems to have died instantly; a negro whose legs are cut off; an infant child of CARL HOVER, St. Louis. The wounded are JAS. WARD, Schenectady, Conductor of the train, badly bruised, but it is believed not dangerously; W. H. PERKINS, grocer, Rochester, N. Y., badly hurt about the head and chest, he probably will not recover; WALTER H. SHUBE, of Rome, Ohio, injured about the spine, but it is thought not dangerously; M. BELTMAN, Cincinnati, injured very seriously about the head and chest, arm also fractured, it is feared he will not recover.

S. P. TUCKER, Dry Ridge, Grant Co., Ky., slightly injured about the shoulder and side; GEO. COIT, Columbus, Ohio, wounded in the leg but not seriously.

The three following are from Lousville[sic], Ky. -- C. F. DUSHEE, a lad 15 or 16 years old, injured about the head slightly; MRS. SCHENCK, arm and head badly hurt; MISS ALDRICH, slightly bruised.

A. COBB, Yorkshire, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., slightly cut on the head, and shoulders severely bruised; MR. AND MRS. SPHOVEN, residence not ascertained. MRS. S. has about three inches of the scalp torn off, a tooth knocked out, and otherwise seriously injured. Faint hopes are entertained of her recovery. CARL HOOVER of St. Louis, bound for Germany, was pretty severely bruised. He was accompanied by his wife and little child; the former is somewhat bruised and burned - the latter an infant son two years old, was badly burned by the upsetting of the stove in the car, and probably will not recover. MR. RILEY of Albany, brakesman on the train, has a broken leg. MR. HALLY of Schenectady, another brakesman, is severely bruised.