Harrisburg, PA Express Train Hits Derailed Freight, May 1905
DEATH LIST TWENTY.
MORE THAN 100 INJURED BY THE BLOWING UP OF TRAIN.
FIRE DROVE RESCUERS OFF.
VICTIMS PINIOINED IN THE WRECKAGE PERISHED IN FLAMES.
Awful Scenes Followed Destruction of Express Train by Explosion of Carolad of Dynamite at Harrisburg -- Survivors, Dazed with Terror, Plunged Into the River -- Scores of Badly Injured Saved Before Fire Stopped Rescues.
Harrisburg, Pa. May 11. -- Twenty persons are known to be dead and more than 100 others were injured in the railroad wreck and dynamite explosion which occurred early to-day on the Pennsylvania Railroad in the southern part of this city. That not more persons were killed is considered remarkable by the Pennsylvania Railroad officials, as a full boxcar of dynamite exploded directly at the middle of the heavy express train.
The train carried a number of prominent persons, and most ot them escaped with only slight injuries. Among those on the train were MR. and MRS. JAMES R. TINDELL, of Pittsburg, the latter the daughter of United States Senator KNOX; MRS. A. J. BARR, wife of the proprietor of the Pittsburg Post, and her two daughters, VICTOR L. CRABBE, son-in-law of ROBERT PITCAIRN, of Pittsburg, assistant to President A. J. CASSATT, of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and SAM S. SHUBERT, one of the prominent theatrical managers of New York. MR. CRABBE died in the Harrisburg Hospital at noon, a few minutes before his father-in-law reached his bedside. MR. SHUBERT was reported to be badly injured, but the others were only slightly hurt.
ALFRED CROSBY, of Philadelphia, the conductor of the Cleveland express, who was terribly burned in the wreck, died late to-night at the Harrisburg Hospital, making the total number of deaths twenty. Up to midnight none of nine bodies at the morgue had been identified. The bodies of MRS. DOUGHERTY, SILVERMAN, KUHLMAN, and BRIGHT were sent to their representive homes late to-night. The Harrisburg Hospital treated 108 persons. Six died, forty-four are still in the institution, and the others were discharged.
The wrecked train was the second section of the Cleveland-Cincinnati express, leaving Philadelphia at 11:05 o'clock last night. It consisted of a combination baggage and smoking car, one day coach, and six sleepers.
Cause of the Disaster.
There are various stories of how the wreck occurred, but the official version is as follows:
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