Wilkes-Barre, PA Train Wreck, Sept 1887

RAILROAD WRECK.

WILKESBARRE, Pa., Sept. 19.--Two freight trains ran together on the northern branch of the Pennsylvania railroad tonight. Four boxcars loaded with giant powder exploded with frightful force, wrecking about twenty-five cars, which afterward caught fire, and with their contents were consumed. The engineers and firemen jumped and saved their lives, but the following brakemen received fatal injuries:

Lewis Metz, fracture of shoulder and terribly burned
Elwood Swan, both legs broken
James Kean, hip dislocated and burned
The loss is $100,000.

Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 20 Sept 1887

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FOUR CAR-LOADS OF DYNAMITE EXPLODE

WILKSBARRE, Pa., Sept. 20.--Two freight-trains collided on the northern branch of the Pennsylvania railroad Saturday night, and four box-cars loaded with giant powder exploded, wrecking about twenty-five cars, which afterwards were consumed. Three brakemen were hurt. The money loss is $100,000. The accident is attributed to the fault of the train dispatcher.

Daily Gazette, Rockford, IL 20 Sept 1887