Sugar Notch, PA Train Wreck, Jun 1889


Remarkable Accident on the Lehigh Valley Railway.

WILKESBARRE, Pa., June 11.----The fast express train on the Lehigh Valley railroad, running between Hazelton and Wilkesbarre, was thrown from the track at Sugar Notch, while running a the rate of thirty-five miles an hour. The cars were telescoped and two of them crushed in a frame house which stood near the railroad track. The tenants had very narrow escapes. The escape of passengers from instant death was miraculous. No one was fatally hurt. The following sustained serious injuries: John S. McGrortie, deputy treasurer of Luzerne county; George H. Troutman, a lawyer of Hazelton; John Laugh, principal of the Freeland schools and Mrs. Costello and child, of White Haven. It will take all day to clear the wreck. All traffic is at a standstill. A broken axle under the tender caused the train to leave the track.

Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SC 12 Jun 1889