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South Brooklyn, CT Head On Collision, Mar 1903



Waterbury, Conn., March 31. -- Two people were killed and sixteen were injured in a head-on collision on the Naugatuck division of the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad between a passenger train northbound to this city and a wildcat engine. Both engines were demolished and their boilers blown up, and the baggage car next to the passenger engine was telescoped. The other cars of the train did not leave the rails, but the passengers were injured by being thrown about by the shock of the collision.
The dead are:
HARRY CHAPMAN, New Haven, engineer of the wildcat engine.
HERBERT NEWMAN, Bridgeport, fireman on the passenger train.
Among the injured are the following:
ELI MIX, coroner, New Haven, passenger, three ribs fractured, removed to hotel.
JOSEPH LIPSITZ, New Boston, Mass., passenger, on his way from New York to his home, three ribs fractured, taken to hospital.
JOSEPH SKELLY, Bridgeport, express messenger, fracture at base of skull, will probably die.
DENNIS FLAHERTY, 821 Water Street, New Haven, fireman on wildcat engine, burns and injuries to face, arms and back.
JOHN GAGAN, New Britain, brakeman, fracture of femur, incised wounds and burns on face and head, hip contused badly.
The wreck occurred at a point in South Brooklyn where there is a sharp curve. The wildcat engine left Bridgeport early in the morning attached to a freight train and was on its way back, with orders to look out for the passenger train, when the collision took place.

Gouverneur Free Press New York 1903-04-01

article | by Dr. Radut