Gloversville, NY Train Wreck, Jul 1902
NEW YORK WRECK
LATER PARTICULARS OF THE COLLISION ON THE ELECTRIC ROAD NEAR GLOVERSVILLE.
TWELVE LIVES LOST
INJURIES OF SEVERAL OTHER PASSENGERS ARE REGARDED AS FATAL.
MOTORMAN LOST CONTROL
Open Car in Front Struck by the Heavy Combination Baggage Coach and Thrown Many Feet.
Gloversville, N. Y., July 5. - A wreck which occurred on the Mountain Lake Railroad late last night caused the almost instant death of eleven persons and one victim died in the hospital here early today. It is believed that several other victims will succumb to their wounds.
The dead, all of Gloversville:
MRS. EDWARD J. BAIRD.
MISS MARGARET MAIN.
MRS. ORNAN EASTMAN.
EDWARD L. TREVITT.
MRS. JOSEPH SALOY.
MRS. MARIANA ANNABEL, of Northville.
The seriously injured: Recorder Frank Wood, Mrs. Wilmarth, Mrs. Herbert Maxen, Mrs. Ethel Cook, James Peacock, Mrs. Lucy Peacock, Robert Butler, Mrs. Ruby Hines, Mrs. Louise Chapman, Arthur Perkins, Herbert Mason, Benjamin Rice, O. Eustman, Nathan Johnson, George Fisher, William Dodge, motorman; William Brown Kingberry, Charles Brown, Robert Saloy, Edward Schell and Mrs. George Fischer.
All the injured mentioned above were taken to the hospital. Twelve other persons whose injuries were of a less serious nature were removed to their homes.
The bodies of many of the victims were crushed and maimed almost beyond recognition and the scenes about the wreck were horrifying.
The accident was caused by a combination baggage and passenger car getting away from the motorman and rushing down the mountainside at terrific speed. The brakes refused to work and at the end of the grade the heavy car crashed into a loaded open car, also descending the mountain. The latter was hurled from the track and turned on its side and 45 per cent of the passengers were injured. The people pinned directly under the car were crushed to death, and in some instances terribly mutilated. The combination car also left the track and turned on its side.
As the scene of the wreck is remote from the city it was two hours before appliances to raise the open car and release the victims were secured.
The accident occurred at a sharp curve, where the track turns to make the climb up the steep mountainside. A day of pleasure had been spent at the resort at the top of the mountain and the cars were loaded with excursionists. The car on which the dead and injured persons were riding was an open one, in charge of Motorman Arthur Perkins and Conductor James Cameron, and the car which was responsible for the wreck was in charge of Motorman William Dodge.
According to Conductor James Cameron of the open car, the closed car ran away while coming down the grade above the curve and collided with the open car as the latter was rounding the curve. Both cars went down the grade at lightning speed. At the foot of the hill the cars came together again. Just before the rear car had reached the front one the lights in the first car went out and added darkness to the horror.
Both cars were derailed and the passengers were thrown in every direction. Many were killed instantly and others died from their wounds immediately afterward.
Albany, N. Y., July 5. - The State Board of Railroad Commissioners today ordered a strict investigations of the wreck near Gloversville last night.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 6 Jul 1902