Rahway, NJ Train Collision, Nov 1889

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A TRIANGULAR WRECK.

THREE ENGINES AND A DOZEN CARS DEMOLISHED AS THE RESULT OF AN OPERATOR'S MISTAKE.

Rahway, N. J., Nov. 20. -- A dozen freight cars and three engines were wrecked on the Pennsylvania Railroad. The engineers and firemen of the trains that came together had very narrow escapes. The engineer and fireman of engine 1,040 were buried under the wreckage but received only a few bruises. It is said that the telegraph operator at Grand Street here reported the first of the trains clear to the office west of him, although the train came to a stop a few yards east of his office to look after a hot box. A heavy freight train coming east crashed into the standing train, throwing the cars across the track. Just then, another freight train, westbound, ran into the wreckage, adding another pile of cars to the mass.

Eau Claire Leader Wisconsin 1889-11-30