Hestonville, PA Train Wreck, Feb 1856

JOHN HOFFMAN, of Washington county, Pa., was slightly bruised about the neck.

THOMAS CRAIG, of Carbon county, and GENERAL WILLIAM LITTLE, of the same county, were burned about the head and hands, and the latter gentleman received a cut in the head.

MR. FLINT, of this city, and MR. STERLING, of Pittsburg, were also slightly cut and bruised.

REV. ANSON ROOD, of this city, was cut in the head and considerably bruised.

MR. CUMMINGS, of Logansport, Ind., was but slightly bruised.

MR. R. B. GIGELY, of Johnstown, Pa., MR. FRANCIS, one of the employees on the Columbia Railroad, and MESSRS. DUNNING, ANDERSON, JONES, WORTHINGTON, ROBERTS, MOORE, KELLY, PATTERSON, CHAMBERS, BULL, SEARCH, JOHNSON and WASHINGTON were also in the car, and received bruises of a very slight character. The most of these gentlemen started for their homes yesterday morning.

The intensity of the cold heightened the sufferings of the wounded. There was no house near the spot, and the only place of refuge was the remaining passenger car and the baggage car. The scene is described as most appalling. There were no women or children in the car that went down the embankment.

DR. E. G. FAHNESTOCK, of this place, among the injured, was taken back to the residence of his brother-in-law, DR. JOHN COX, in Philadelphia, and his friends here at once informed that he was badly hurt. His father and sister proceeded there with all dispatch, and were happy in finding him doing better than their fears had allowed them to anticipate.

The latest accounts represent DR. F. as doing very well under the circumstances – so that he may be home in a week. In a letter received from him by his friends, a few days ago, he describes the accident in substance as given above by the Ledger. He says he occupied the next to the back seat, and was asleep, when a sudden jar aroused him, and he felt that they were going over a precipice.

The car struck a tree, and instantly took fire, but all managed to escape. Though severely wounded, he reached the car on the track unaided, and when he entered heard the exclamation, “how terrible he looks.” His face was covered with blood, giving the appearance of being worse injured than he really was. His only injury is in the face --- being cut to the bone from the eye down to the neck. No other part of the body was injured.

The Republican Compiler Pennsylvania 1856-02-11