Newport, PA Train Collision, Nov 1898
CRUSHED IN A COLLISION.
TERRIBLE DISASTER ON THE LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD.
FIVE KILLED OUTRIGHT.
FOUR OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED -- ALL THE VICTIMS TRAINMEN -- FREIGHT CARS RUN AWAY DOWN THE MOUNTAIN AND CRAH INTO PASSENGER COACHES -- SLIPPERY RAILS THE CAUSE.
Wilkesbarre, Pa., Nov. 11. -- A disastrous wreck occurred on the main line of the Lehigh Valley Railroad between Newport and Fairview about 3 o'clock this morning. Five trainmen were killed and four other were injured. A runaway train caused the disaster. The killed are:
WILLIAM TOXLEMIER, fireman, Whitehaven, Pa.
FRED GLASSER, fireman, Mauch Chunk, Pa.
JOHN McGREGGOR, express messenger.
JACOB ENGLEMAN, brakeman, Easton, Pa.
JOHN McNALLY, engineer, Lehighton, Pa., died at Wilkesbarre Hospital at 10 o'clock.
The badly wounded are:
ED PEARCE, engineer, Wilkesbarre, Pa.
JOHN ROHRDING, engineer, Wilkesbarre, Pa.
CHARLES H. WOGAN, express messenger, Wilkesbarre, Pa.
JOHN SCHOENFELT, brakeman, Mauch Chunk.
Two of the injured are expected to die, and the hospital physician will not say that any will recover.
Train No. 5 in charge of Engineer GOLDSTEIN, could not be controlled on account of slippery rails, and instead of taking a switch in order to allow No. 6 to pass, it tore on down the road, and while traveling at a terrific speed, 1 mile below the switch, it came into collision with train No. 6. Both trains were being drawn by two engines, three of which toppled over a steep bank and were irreparably wrecked. The trainmen were crushed and scalded to death, some of them being so badly mutilated that it was difficult to recognize them.
The passengers on both trains were badly shaken up and a few bruised.
The early hour of the wreck found the majority asleep. The shock caused the lights to go out in many cars and the passengers became panic stricken. Several of them jumped through the car windows.
Several cars left the track but the best reports here are that no passengers were so badly injured as to be unable to proceed on their journey.
A wrecking train reached the scene a 4 o'clock and soon the sections of the train not disabled, were able to proceed on their way. The dead were brought here about 7:15 o'clock on a special train.
Evening Times Washington District of Columbia 1898-11-11