Tuttle's Crossing, NY Carriage And Train Collision, Feb 1900
FAST TRAIN STRIKES CROWDED CARRIAGE.
FIVE LIVES ARE CRUSHED OUT IN A SECOND.
TWO PERSONS ARE INJURED.
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS RUNS DOWN A VEHICLE CARRYING SEVEN PERSONS.
HEAVY STORM CAUSED THE ACCIDENT.
APPROACHING TRAIN COULD NOT BE HEARD ON ACCOUNT OF THE SEVERE WINDS.
Geneva, N.Y., February, 25. -- Shortly after midnight Saturday night the midnight express on the Lehigh Valley railroad struck a carriage containing seven persons at Tuttle's Crossing, about twenty-five miles east from Rochester, instantly killing five of the occupants, fatally injuring another and badly bruising the other. All were members of a family.
The dead are:
MRS. AMY SMITH, forth-eight years old.
BERT SMITH, twenty-three years old.
MISS MIRANDA SMITH, twenty-four years old.
GLEE SMITH, fourteen years old.
CATHERINE SMITH, eight years old.
The injured are PORTER SMITH, husband of MRS. SMITH and father of the other victims.
GARDNER SMITH, twenty-one years old.
The family had spent the evening at a friend's house, near Tuttle's crossing, and were on their way home.
Before reaching the crossing the carriage was stopped and MR. SMITH listened for the train, but did not hear it in the howling gale. The horses had just crossed the track in safety when the engine of the express crashed down upon the carriage and its occupants.
GARDNER SMITH, who was the least injured, crawled to a station nearby and secured assistance.
The bodies of MRS. SMITH and her daughter, MIRANDA, were carried for a mile on the cowcatcher of the engine. The bodies of the little girl and her two brothers were found near the scene of the accident.
Atlanta Constitution Georgia 1900-02-26