Fairport, NY Freight Train Collision, Feb 1896

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FEARFUL SHOCK.

TRAINS ON THE NEW YORK CENTRAL MEET ON THE SAME TRACK.

THREE MEN KILLED, EIGHT CARS WRECKED AND LIVE STOCK SCATTERED.

BOTH TRAINS WERE RUNNING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED -- BOTH ENGINES ARE A TOTAL WRECK.

Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 13. -- A fatal freight wreck, due to an oopen switch, occurred at 12:30 o'clock Wednesday morning about four miles east of Fairport, on the New York Central railroad. An east-bound stock train of 28 cars was running at a speed of 35 miles an hour when at Macedon swamp it collided with a west-bound freight of 17 cars. Six car loads of stock were scattered over the four tracks, and one car load of horses was turned loose. The 16 horses ran over to the West Shore tracks, where a number were killed by a passing train.
Eight cars were wrecked in the west-bound train. Both engines were totally wrecked, and lie under the cars a mass of debris.
FRED HOSFORD, of this city, fireman on the west-bound train, was found lying dead jammed against the boiler of his engine. Engineer THOMAS WEBER, of the east-bound train, who runs east from Buffalo, and lives in South Greece, was missing, and supposed to be dead. Fireman WOOD, of the east-bound train, who lives in DeWitt, was buried in the wreck, while WILLIAM GUNIDENSCHUS a brakeman, of Rochester, was buried and removed unconscious. He is badly hurt. D. C. WILSON, brakeman, was found badly cut about the face and almost frozen to death. Engineer PHILLIPS, the west-bound engineer of this city, was found in a field 50 feet from the disaster, stunned. He was unable to tell how he came there. His fireman was HOSFORD, who was instantly killed.

Marietta Daily Leader Ohio 1896-02-13