Burlington, NJ Train Wreck, Aug 1855

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From the Phila. Daily News, Aug. 30.

Lamentable Railroad Accident -- Fearful Loss of Life.

It is our sad duty to record one of the most frightful railroad accidents that has ever accurred[sic] in this section of the country. It took place yesterday morning, on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, about a mile above Burlington, under the following circumstances:
The train which left Philadelphia for New York at 10 o'clock, waited the usual period, according to the regulation of the Company, at Burlington for the down train. Not appearing then, the conductor concluded to go on slowly, and when a mile or so above that point, saw the down train coming. The brakes were put down at once, the engine reversed, and the train driven back at a rapid rate. A short distance down, the hind car encountered a pair of horses attached to a carriage, which contained DR. HEINEKIN of Burlington county, and his wife and two children. The Doctor had seen the train go up and not supposing that it would return was crossing the track, the horses being upon it. They were run over by the hind car, which was thrown from the track, and fell down an embankment of several feet. The other cars were in turn forced off the track also, and those on the front of the train came with crushing weight upon the hind cars. There were five passenger cars in the train, all of which were well filled. Two of the cars were broken into fragments, and a third one was much injured. In the two cars which were thus crushed scarcely a passenger escaped without serious injury, and many were taken out from the ruins lifeless. Intelligence of the catastrophe was soon conveyed to Burlington, and MR. JOHN S. IRICK one of the Directors of the Burlington and Mount Holly Railroad at once despatched[sic] a train of cars to convey to Burlington the dead and the wounded. Many of the citizens of Burlington, actuated by a spirit of humanity, proceeded to the scene of the calamity and aided in the rescue of the wounded from the wreck, and in their conveyance to a place of succour. The citizens of Burlington too thew open their doors to the wounded, and every attention was paid to them. With great promptitude too, the physicians of that place tendered their services, and were unremitting in their attention to the injured. When our Reporter reached Burlington, a sad, mournful sight was presented. The dead were being conveyed in plain walnut cofins[sic] to the Lyseum on Main street, where they were placed in a row preparatory to the holding of an inquest upon them. The utmost excitement existed in the place. A number were there inquiring for friends supposed to be lost; crowds were gathered about the houses in which the dead and the wounded were placed; and anxiety and deep sorrow was depicted in every fact.
THE KILLED.
MR. EDWARD P. BACON, of the firm of Fissler & Bacon, glass manufacturers, whose factory is at Fisslerville, N. J. MR. FISSLER was in company with MR. BACON, but seems to have escaped. The deceased resided in the vicinity of Spring Garden and Seventh streets. He leaves a wife and one or two children.
MRS. MARGRET PRESCOTT, wife of the REV. E. J. PRESCOTT of Salem, N. J. and sister-in-law of MR. PRESCOTT, the Historian.
MR. EDWARD M. GREEN, assistant coiner in the U. S. Mint, in Philadelphia.
MR. HOOVER, of Lebanon, Tennessee. Said to be a merchant.
CAPT. BOYCE, of Georgetown, D.C. Of the U.S. Army. The Captain was accompanied by his whole family. MRS. BOYCE and two daughters were seriously injured. A son and daughter escaped unhurt.
MR. THOMAS J. MERIDITH, of Philadelphia.
MR. GEORGE RIDGWAY, of Philadelphia.
MR. ALEXANDER KELLEY, of Philadelphia.
MR. JOHN DADLEM, of Baltimore.
MR. WILSON KENT, of Philadelphia.
BARON DE ST. ANDRE, French Cousul[sic] at the port of Philadelphia.
REV. JOHN MARTIN CONNELL, said to be a clergyman of the Presbyterian Church, at Wilmington, Del. In the pockets of the deceased was found a number of letters of introduction to prominent gentlemen of Philadelphia. MR. CONNELL did not die for several hours after the accident.
MISS JANE P. LINCOLN, of Ellicott's Mills, N. J. The deceased was killed instantly. Her aged mother was at Burlington, and the news almost proved fatal to her.
MRS. CLEMENT BARCLAY, of Philadelphia, wife of MR. CLEMENT BARCLAY, residing in Locust street, above Thirteenth. MRS. B. was on her way to New York, from whence she was to take passage to Europe.
MR. GEORGE INGERSOLL, of this city, son of Lieut. Henry Ingersoll of the U. S. Navy. MR. INGERSOLL was conveyed to Bordentown, where he died in the course of the afternoon.
MR. HENRY RUSK, of Georgetown College.
CATHARINE BROWN, colored, a child's nurse, and three other persons at City Hall, whose bodies were not identified.

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