South Kent, CT Train Derailment, Aug 1941
PROBE IS STARTED INTO TRAIN WRECK.
FOUR-WAY INVESTIGATION BEGUN IN CONNECTICUT.
FIREMAN HAS HIS RIGHT LEG AMPUTATED BELOW KNEE WHILE PINNED BENEATH COACH IN WATER.
South Kent, Ct., Aug. 29 (AP) -- A four-way investigation was begun today into the derailment of a six-car passenger train that killed two engineers and injured a fireman and several of 254 boy and girl campers returning to New York from the Berkshire Hills.
The New Haven railroad joined with the Public Utilities commission and state police and coroner in attempting to determine what caused the locomotive, tender and two cars to plunge into a pond on a curve yesterday.
HAROLD McDERMOTT of West Stockbridge, Mass., being requalified for the run, and THERON DIXON of Danbury, who, railroad officials said, was running the train, were killed.
OTTO KLUG of Seymour, fireman, had his right leg amputated below the knee while pinned beneath a passenger coach in five feet of water.
The children, from camps in Lee, Mass., were treated for slight injuries or shock at the side of the tracks and then resumed their journey by train.
State police recovered the bodies shortly after the accident. KLUG was taken to a Danbury hospital where surgeons made a further amputation above the knee and described his condition as grave.
He had only recently joined the New Haven system after a long period of service with the Union Pacific.
Investigators said that further tragedy was averted because the accident happened about lunch time when most of the campers had gone to the rear car, one of two that remained on the track.
A wrecking crew hoisted the car pinning KLUG, who during his two-hour ordeal was given stimulants. Before medical aid arrived, an improvised halter had been fastened about his neck and tied to the coach to prevent him from slipping beneath the pond surface from which only his head and shoulders protruded.
North Adams Transcript Massachusetts 1941-08-29