Rochester, NY Passenger Trains Collide, July 1902

LEHIGH VALLEY TRAINS COLLIDE.

ONE KILLED AND NINETEEN OTHERS INJURED WERE TAKEN FROM THE WRECK.

CREW OF ONE TRAIN FORGOT ORDERS.

AS A CONSEQUENCE THE TRAINS CAME TOGETHER WITH TERRIFIC FORCE ON A STRAIGHT LINE OF TRACK -- CREW OF BOTH TRAINS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE OF THE FIREMEN, JUMPED -- HE WAS KILLED.

Rochester, N.Y., July 20. -- (AP) -- A fatal head-on collision occurred between two passenger trains on the Lehigh Valley railroad near Hope hospital, this city, this evening, in which one person was almost instantly killed and nineteen others more or less seriously injured. Both trains were running at a high rate of speed when they came together.
An engine and one passenger coach of one of the trains were thrown from the track down an embankment and into the Erie Canal feeder and were completely wrecked; the other engine was demolished but remained on the roadbed.
The incoming train, which consisted of a combination smoker and baggage car and two day coaches, was due in this city at 6:30 o'clock but was a few minutes late. The outgoing train consisting of a combination smoker and baggage car and one day coach, left promptly on time at 6:30 o'clock. The two trains came together with terrific force on a straight line of track, one-half mile south of Clarissa Street bridge, near Hope Hospital.
Just before the crash came the crew of each engine, with the exception of Fireman PUTNAM, of the incoming train jumped and escaped with slight injuries. PUTNAM was caught in the wreckage of his engine and horribly mangled, death resulting instantly.
On the east side of the track at the scene of the wreck is the Erie Canal feeder, while on the west side is the Genesee River. The force of the collision was so great that both engines rebounded fifty feet. The engine of the incoming train was thrown to the west on its side and reduced to scrap iron. The combination smoker and baggage car following jumped the tracks to the east side, slipped by the engine, turned on its side and fell with a crash into the canal feeder. The day coach following the combination car also jumped to the eastward and buried its forward end in the canal feeder. The remaining coaches of the incoming train remained on the roadbed.
From the combination car and day coach, which went into the feeder, all of the injured were taken. Many of them narrowly escaped drowning as the water from the canal had entered the cars to considerable depth.
It is admitted by the crew of the incoming train that they had received orders to meet the outgoing train at Mount Hope, but that the order was forgotten.
The following is the list of killed and injured:
The Killed.
PETER W. PUTNAM, aged 36, of Rochester, fireman westbound or outgoing train. Leaves widow and two children.
The Injured.
ROBERT MATHEWS, Lima, N.Y., shoulder badly bruised.
BYRON G. VARY, Lima; wrist badly cut with glass.
FRED McVITTLE, Rochester; face cut badly and seriously bruised.
CHARLES HOFFMAN, Rochester; artery of wrist cut and bruised; injuries serious.
L. A. BAUSS, Washington, D.C.; shoulder, arms and legs badly bruised; severe cut on right elbow; internal injuries feared; if otherwise, will probably recover.
CHARLES R. BERNARD, Rochester; bad cut in forehead; seriously bruised and suffering from shock; will recover unless internal injuries develop.
EMMA J. BAILEY, Rochester; side seriously bruised; injured internally; suffering greatly from shock; recovery doubtful.
GLADYS VOGEN, 9 years old, Rochester; scalp would and suffering from shock; will probably recover.
MRS. MINNIE S. TYLER, Rochester; shoulder badly injured; suffering from shock and internal injuries feared.
SIDNEY G. TYLER, husband of MRS. TYLER, severely bruised; not dangerous.
Taken To Homes:
MR. HONDEROF, Rochester; hurt about head and left shoulder; not serious.
MR. ZORN, Rochester; cut on face; not serious.
MRS. ZORN, Rochester; both legs hurt at knees; injuries serious.
At Homeopathic Hospital:
MR. MERCER, New York City; badly cut and bruised.
MRS. MERCER, New York City; cut and bruised.
J. G. LONGFELLOW, Rochester; badly wrenched shoulder, hands and arms cut; will recover.
MRS. J. G. LONGFELLOW, Rochester; badly injured internally, severe contusions; may die.

Scranton Tribune Pennsylvania 1902-07-21