Fort Washington, PA Railroad Collision, June 1892


Disastrous Wreck on the North Penn Railroad at Fort Washington.

Philadelphia, Pa., June 16 -- A wreck occurred on the North Penn railroad last night which resulted in the death of two men and the injury of several others. The Doylestown express passes Fort Washington Station at the rate of a mile a minute, the fastest time made at any point along the road. The Jenkintown shifter was running ahead of the passenger train, and in attempting to switch on to the down track was caught by the engine of the express. The express locomotive was thrown from the track against an embankment. Both engines were completely wrecked. The engineer of the express train was killed outright. Several of the passengers in the smoking car were injured, but not dangerously. This car was turned upon its side and badly wrecked. The dead are:
THEO. MAGILL, express messenger, died while being brought to Philadelphia.
The injured are:
WILLIAM HUDSON, fireman, badly scalded and injured internally.
ESCAR BARNES, baggage-master, severely injured.
GEORGE HULZEL, of Ambler, side bruised and cut about head.
J. E. BODINE, of North Wales, rib broken and badly bruised.
JOHN K. WILFLONG, of North Wales, hurt about the hip.
W. J. LEONARE, of Gwynned, leg broken.
JOHN GUSTINE, of Fort Washington, hands badly cut.
Conductor HARRY MILLER, of Lansdale, scalded and hands cut.
WILLIAM NICE, of Worchester, face scalded.
The engineer of the shifting engine, PATRICK DUGAN, had one of his hands badly cut. The fireman of the engine was sitting on one of the bumpers when the collision occurred and was thrown thirty feet, but was not seriously injured.

The Davenport Morning Tribune Iowa 1892-06-17