Elizabethport, NJ Train Wreck, Mar 1920

3 Killed, 8 Hurt as Jersey Flier Runs Past Signal

ELIZABETH, New Jersey - Keeping up full speed of fifty miles an hour with a danger signal set "dead stop" against him, Engineer William Sells yesterday crashed his heavy steel-coached "Philadelphia Filer" into a Jersey Central local train at the crossing at Elizabethport Junction, near Elizabeth, N. J. Sell and two other enginemen were killed and eight other persons were seriously injured.

The Dead.
BROADLEY, J. J., of Dunellen, N. J., fireman of the Newark local.
HAHN. HERMAN, of Dunellen, N. J., engineer of the Newark local.
SELLS. WILLIAM H., of Hampton Junction, N. J., engineer of the Philadelphia express.

The Injured.
COX, JAMES, of Red Bank. N. J.
GREEN, CORNELIUS, negro, 134 Fisher Avenue, Asbury Park, N. J., fractured leg and internal injuries; serious.
HENWOOD, DONALD, of 733 Kensington Avenue, Plainfield, N. J.
HALBOY, WILLIAM, cf 607 Eleventh Avenue, Belmar, N. J.
MURRAY, WILLIAM, of Newark, N. J.
SCHWARTZ, RUSSELL AV., of 326 North Ninth Street, Allentown, Pa., fireman of the Philadelphia express; fractured leg and Internal Injuries; condition critical.
STUART, ELIZABETH, Twenty-eighth Street, Bayonne, N. J.
VAIL, RUSSELL, of 326 East Sixth Street, Plainfield, N. J.

With the testimony of scores of witnesses that the signal was set against the speeding express while the local was crossing the main line, none of the officials cf the Central Railroad of New Jersey was able to explain last night how the engineer could have failed to see the signal with a quarter of a mile of straight track ahead of him. His fire man, the only other man who might be able to explain why Sells ran his train full speed to disaster, is in a critical condition In the Elizabeth General Hospital.

No railroad man or other witness among hundreds who saw the accident has denied that the danger signal was set.

The New York Times, March 4, 1920