Bloomsburg, PA Locomotive Boiler Explosion, May 1901

Fatal Boiler Explosion

John Meehan Scalded and Geo. Hoodmacher Dies in Hospital.

At 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon the boiler of Lehigh Valley engine No. 80 exploded at Bloomsburg eight miles below Easton, killing George Hoodmacher of Freeland and seriously scalding John Meehan also of Freeland. As a D S & S coal train drawn by engine No 27 passed east pusher engine No 80 Lehigh Valley followed the caboose to assist the train up the hill by pushing. At Bloomsburg the head of the Lehigh Valley engine blew out. Hoodmacher and Meehan who were in the caboose were scalded. They were taken to the Boston Hospital where Hoodmacher died at 9 o’clock and Meehan is living in an unconscious condition. Meehan is well known here having worked on the Wyoming Division of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, and boarded at the Central Hotel.

Hoodmacher was a son the late A. J. Hoodmacher, who for many years was a special officer for the Lehigh Valley Railroad at Weatherly, and who later moved to Catasauqua where he died about six months ago. About a month after the father’s death a son jumped a coal train and at Penn Haven Junction fell off and had his legs cut off and died before medical aid could be summoned. The engineer of the Lehigh Valley engine Eli Ziegenfus and the fireman William Clminer, of Easton, were not injured.

Wilkes-Barre Times, Wilkes-Barre, PA 17 May 1901