Category: Railroad Death!

Were Blown To Eternity

Posted by – November 17, 2013

January 28, 1892




A Sickening Disaster on the Philadelphia and Reading near St. Clair Yesterday—No One Left to Tell the Tale—Names of the Victims—A Similar Accident Within a Year on the Same Road.

Special Dispatch to The North American.

POTTSVILLE, Pa., Jan. 28.—By the explosion of a Reading Railroad locomotive near St. Clair, three miles above this place, five men were instantly killed this forenoon. Locomotive 956, one of the heaviest on the road, was pushing an empty coal train and had just left the St. Clair station for Frackville. Suddenly the whole country around about was startled by a terrific explosion which shook houses, broke windowpanes and scattered death and destruction in every direction. Investigation showed that the engine had blown up, but there was no one left to tell how it happened when the people rushed to the scene. The train had stopped and parts of the engine were scattered about a dismantled and twisted mass of machinery, and a number of cars were thrown off the track and broken.

Here and there were mangled human remains and the faces of men horribly burned and scalded, while several had limbs torn off. It is known that there were five men on the engine and tender, but only four have been found, and it is believed that the missing employee was blown into atoms. Parts of the engine were thrown 400 feet away. The rails were torn up and a hole two feet deep was scooped in the earth where the engine blew up. Pieces of flesh and bloody clothing were hanging to the cars. The dead are:

DAVID ZIEGLER, engineer.
JACOB TURNER, brakeman.
HENRY SANDS, brakeman.

These men were engaged in their duties and some were talking when they were carried out of this world without a moment’s warning.

Fireman Paul’s head was blown off and his body crushed. His remains were found in the creek, thirty feet away. Brakeman Turner was found 500 feet across the valley against the Pennsylvania Railroad embankment. His head was crushed and one of his legs torn off. Brakeman Wintergreen was hurled in the same direction, but with greater force and much higher in the air. It was several hours before his body was found, half way up the mountain, 400 feet above the creek. Ziegler and Sands were on the engineer’s side, and they were thrown up the bank 200 feet, with the cab and fare box.

Trees were uprooted and debris lined the hillsides. The crown sheet and part of the boiler were hurled across the valley. The telegraph wires running along the railroad were cut by flying debris, and this then caused a fatal collision at New Boston Junction, above the scene of explosion, a few hours later.

A very thorough investigation will be made, as this is the second engine blown up on taht branch within the past year. Five men were killed in the other explosion, one which occurred near Frackville.


From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook

One Killed, Nine Injured

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January 28, 1892



In a Collision Between a Lehigh Valley and a P. R. R. Train.

Special Dispatch to The North American.

POTTSVILLE, Pa., Jan. 28.—A serious collision occurred at New Boston cut, near Mahanoy City, between a Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train this afternoon. Engineer Dietrich, of the Pennsylvania train, was killed, and nine passengers more or less injured, among them a son of Superintendent Blakslee, of Delano. All traffic was delayed. The Lehigh Valley train left this city at 12.32 this afternoon. It is said the Pennsylania train was behind time and was trying to make Marea switch. Both locomotives were wrecked.


From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook


A Mute Mangled

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Steele Scrapbook – 1892


A Mute Mangled.

A deaf mute named Peter Decker was perhaps fatally injured near Moosic yesterday. The Truth says he was walking on the railroad track when he was struck by the locomotive of a coal train. He was thrown under the wheels and sustained a dislocation or fracture of the back, and his left arm was badly crushed. He was removed to the hospital and it was found that he was paralyzed from his hips down. His arm is so crushed as to render amputation necessary and his recovery is very doubtful. Decker was about 26 years of age. Lately he has made a living by selling packages of stationery. The Times gives his name as Charles Decker and says he was in the employ of the Nay Aug engine company as a teamster.


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Killed At A Funeral

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Steele Scrapbook – July 7, 1885


BANGOR, Me., July 7.—While a funeral procession was crossing the track of the Maine Central RR, near East Newport station yesterday afternoon, a carriage containing Deacon Jacob Tuttle, aged eighty, and his wife, aged seventy-five, was struck by an engine and thrown into a ditch. Mrs. Tuttle was almost instantly killed and the carriage was demolished. The engineer blew his whistle and reversed his engine, but the aged couple, being quite deaf, did not hear, and the engineer could not stop in time to avoid a collision.


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A Bridal Party Badly Mangled

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Steele Scrapbook – January 13, 1892




PUEBLO, Cal., Jan. 13.—A serious ending to a wedding occurred here yesterday. John Stanks, a well-known Hungarian, and Mrs. Kobash Mara were united in marriage, and were on their way to their home in a hack accompanied by Andy Martin, who had officiated as best man at the wedding. While crossing the Santa Fe Railroad track the hack was struck by a switch engine and completely demolished. Martin and the bride were thrown under the wheels of the engine. Martin had his right leg cut off and skull fractured, and will probably die. Mrs. Stanks, the bridge, had her left arm cut off and sustained severe internal injuries, but will probably recover. The groom and driver were also seriously injured.


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A Brave Old Man’s Death

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December 17, 1886



He Attempts to Save a Boy and Both
Are Killed By a Train.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N. J., Dec.17—The Cincinnati Express train, which was half an hour behind time, while running at the rate of forty miles an hour through this city, struck a wagon driven by Terence Hickey, fourteen years old, at the George-street crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad at six o’clock this morning. Moses Ryno, aged sixty years, saw the danger and went to the boy’s assistance, but was too late. The train rushed around the curve, struck Ryno and threw him off the embankment, instantly killing him. It then crashed into the wagon, part of which was deposited in the front of the ladies’ waiting-room at the depot. The boy was found dead, wrapped in a blanket, firmly fastened on the cow-catcher. His skull was fractured and brains were oozing from the wounds. Ryno was the father of a large family. He was formerly a policemen. The gateman at the crossing was not on duty.


From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1886 Morbid Scrapbook