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Ashland Station, NJ Train Collision, June 1884




The Particulars.
Camden, N.J., June 16. -- Another terrific accident on the road to the seashore marked the opening of the season Saturday morning. It occurred on the Camden & Atlantic Railroad, between the seven o'clock accommodation train from Atlantic City and a special excursion train from Camden of Lakeside Park, a short distance west of Ashland Station. Both locomotives were entirely demolished, together with the tenders. The following is the list of the dead:
SYLVESTER PALMER, engineer of the accommodation train, aged fifty-two; leaves a wife and three children residing in Atlantic City. He was the oldest engineer on the road, and has been in its employ twenty years. He was considered an exceptionally able man on its line.
GEORGE BAXTER, engineer of the Lakeside train, aged thirty-five; leaves a wife and four children residing in Camden. He served at various periods on the road, his last connection covering three years.
ALBERT SMITH, conductor of the Lakeside train, aged thirty years, leaves a wife and four children, living on Vine Street, Camden. He began as a brakeman ten years ago, and has been a conductor for four years.
SCOTT HILES, mail agent of the accommodation, aged thirty-five years, has been on the road one year.
NICHOLAS BABER, fireman on the accommodation, a fireman from the West Jersey Road, who was recently transferred.
GEORGE EDWARDS, a young man residing at Marlton, crushed.
FRANK FENTON, Supervisor of the road, aged forty-eight years, residing on Benson Street, Camden. He lived but a few moments after being extricated. By profession he was a civil engineer. His daughter was on the train, and when she inquired for her father was innocently told that he had gone on to flag the next train. Subsequently his body was found.
WILLIS CASHEY, aged ten, died from internal injuries.
The following are among the wounded:
HENRY DEETS, special officer, residing at No. 282 Chestnut Street, Camden, scalded and hip broke.
LEONARD BAUSCH, who keeps the shooting gallery at Lakeside Park, back hurt and badly scalded about the face and body.
FRANK McCORMICK, an excursionist, left leg broken and scalded about the body.
JOHN ROSENBAUM, express agent, badly injured about the back and head. Residence in Atlantic City.
ALBERT GLEEN, conductor, residence at Atlantic City, shocked and internally injured. His hip was broken and spine injured.
CORA MAY LIPPINCOTT, aged twelve, Camden, and her brother EUGENE, aged sixteen, legs slightly hurt.
LOUIS McLEON, fireman of the excursion train, injured about the head.
JOHN LAGER, of Berlin, an excursionist, internally injured.
CHARLES H. HAND, right hand badly cut.
HARRY C. CHEW, Atco, hurt about the body.
J. G. WARNER, Atlantic City, contused scalp.
GEORGE ST. GEORGE, Atco, right arm badly fractured.
JOSEPH MOORE, news agent, face badly cut.
J. H. LOOY, Kirkwood, cut about the body.

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