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Bloomsbury, NJ Express and Freight Train Collision, Dec 1893



Somerville, N. J., Dec. 1 -- A wreck occurred near Bloomsbury station, on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, to-night, which blocked both tracks and by which the life of another one of the green trainmen was sacrificed.
The engineer of a heavily-loaded coal train going east got orders to take a siding for a fast east-bound express. The express passed, and JOSEPH JOHNSON, one of the green brakemen, ran ahead of the train to open the switch. He did this, at the same time throwing the cross-over switch leading from the east to the west bound track.
He then attempted to get on the engine, when he was thrown under the wheels and was instantly killed in the wreck which followed. The coal engine was half way across on the west-bound track when a heavy west-bound coal train came rushing down the steep grade and plunged into it.
Both engineers jumped and saved their lives. The engines came together with a great crash, and both of them are a total wreck. Coal cars are piled up in heaps, blocking both tracks; coal was scattered over the road for a quarter of a mile, and the tracks are badly torn up. The conductor of the coal train, who is also a green man, said:
"If I ever succeed in getting through this run and home, I will never go out again, as I have had no end of trouble with the green men on this trip.

The New York Times New York 1893-12-02

article | by Dr. Radut