Chaffee, WV (near) Landslide And Train Wreck, Mar 1890


Cumberland, Md., March 14. -- A huge rock rolled down the mountain side today and fell upon the West Virginia Central Railroad track in a cut between Bhaffee and Blaine, forty miles west of this city. The work train, with a crew of twelve men, was sent to the spot to remove the obstruction and clear the track. A large cable was placed around the rock and attached it to an engine that it might be dragged from the cut.
All was nearly ready and the men were making a final adjustment of the rope, when a great mass of earth came rushing down upon them from the steep mountain side, overwhelming seven of the men.
Two were dead when taken out, one has died since, and three were seriously, and perhaps fatally injured. The names of the dead and injured are:
JAMES O. LAMBERT, a resident of Chaffee, West Va., leaves a wife and family.
JOSEPHINI MACHENI, an Italian, unmarried, has been in this country three years.
VERNATO VALLEO, Italian, has a wife and family in Italy.
VAN READ, a resident of Chaffee, married man with family, cannot recover.
MORTINACEA ALBINNI, Italian, left arm broken and ankle sprained.
JACKALLINI CATANNI and JOSEPHINI FRANEGOLI, Italians, were injured about the head.
The slide delayed the trains on the road for several hours.

New York Times New York 1890-03-15