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Camden, NJ Train Collision, Dec 1907





(By Associated Press.)
Camden, N. J., Dec. 27. -- Three persons were killed and seventeen injured in a collision on the elevated tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad just outside the station here today, with a Pemberton accommodation train ran into the rear of an Atlantic City express. A heavy fog was the principal cause of the accident.
The dead are:
C. H. BROWN, Moorestown.
J. L. GARBARINI, Mt. Holly.
T. K. WEBSTER, Merchantville.
The injured are:
ROBERT CLARKE, Merchantville, contused chest and legs and ears cut.
CARL PIGGETT, Merchantville, slightly hurt.
HOWARD STREET, Merchantville, bruised.
J. K. MENDENHALL, Hines Port, N. J., badly hurt.
W. H. ABBEY, Mount Holly, slightly injured.
WM. MASON, Mount Holly, badly hurt.
SAMUEL DOBBINS, Mount Holly, slightly injured.
A. H. MULFORD, Merchantville, badly injured.
BERNARD STEWARD, Merchantville, badly injured.
HARRY D. SNYDER, Merchantville, chest hurt.
WM. DIX, Merchantville, hand cut.
H. J. COOPER, Mount Holly, leg and face cut.
I. D. ROBERTS, Moorestown, slightly hurt.
JOHN P. SLATER, Merchantville, shaken up.
S. L. PAGE, Moorestown, leg broken.
Unknown Man, slightly bruised.

All the killed or injured were passengers in the first car of the accommodation, which was telescoped by the tender. Both trains were due in the Camden station at 8:31, the Atlantic City express having precedence. The fog was so thick that the engineers of the two trains were running cautiously and just outside the station the Atlantic City train was signalled to stop. The engineer of the Pemberton train failed to see the Atlantic City train in time to avoid a collision, but he instantly jammed his brakes down hard when it loomed up through the fog. The sudden jolt forced the tender of the Pemberton train into the first car, wrecking it badly and either killing or injuring everybody in the coach. The train, however, did not come to a full stop, but slid into the rear of the Atlantic City express, causing the tender to still further telescope the first car. The force of the collision was slight and no one was injured on the forward train.
Hot coals from the wrecked locomotive of the Pemberton train set the wreckage on fire and it was at first feared that many of the injured passengers, who were pinioned under the twisted iron, would be burned to death, but the prompt acttion of the Camden fire department in extinguishing the flames and the efficient rescue work of the uninjured passengers undoubtedly saved many lives. Several of the injured may die.

Middletown Daily Times-Press New York 1907-12-27

article | by Dr. Radut