Fairville, NY Passenger Train Derailment Disaster, July 1901
FRIGHTFUL WRECK NEAR NEWARK, N. Y.
TRAIN OF FOUR CARS LOADED WITH PASSENGERS PILED UP IN A HEAP -- BURSTING OF PIPES IN OVERTURNED ENGINER FILLS THREE COACHES WITH SCALDING STEAM.
MANY PASSENGERS BADLY BURNED.
Engineer WILLIAM MEAGHER and Lake Shore (Sodus Point) Ticket Agent HOWARD TUBBS Killed -- REV. A. P. BURGESS, of Anti-Saloon Fame, and Wife Dangerously Injured.
Injured Taken To Rochester.
A Number May Not Survive -- Pathetic Scenes at the Wreck and in Newark -- Train Was Bringing Home People from a Day of Pleasure.
Special to The Post-Standard
Newark, N. Y., Aug. 29 -- The worst wreck in the history of the Sodus Bay division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, occurred at about 5:20 o'clock this afternoon, when part of the southbound passenger train, due in this village at 5:40 o'clock, left the track in the gravel cut about six miles north of Newark, between the Fairville and Zurich stations, and piled up the engine, tender, baggage car and two coaches.
The engine and tender were turned bottom side up between the smoker and the first coach and the escaping steam poured in among more than a hundred passengers, who occupied the two cars, burning most of them severely.
Not one escaped from either of these two cars without more or less injury.
A great many who were not so injured that they could not take care of themselves left the train which brought them to this village without giving their names.
Among those who were seriously injured are REV. and MRS. A. PARK BURGESS of Syracuse.
As a great many people were having an outing at Sodus Bay, where the train was made up and from which it brought most of the passengers who were aboard, there may be Syracusans among those who did not give their names.
While but two are dead at a late hour tonight, several others are in a critical condition.
The Crash And Results
Engine and Tender Leave the Track and Steam Pours Into the Coaches.
Newark, Aug. 29 -- The train left Sodus Point shortly before 5 o'clock. It was composed of two coaches, smoker and baggage cars and private car No. 1037, of SPENCER MEADE, the superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad relief fund having on board MR. MEADE and family. The train was in charge of Conductor H. S. MERRIAM of Sodus Point. The crew were Brakeman CHARLES MESSENT and Baggageman JAMES WELEHER, both of Sodus Point, neither of whom was injured.
According to the conductor, when the train had entered the gravel cut referred to, the engine left the track, while the baggage car and smoker slid past the engine and came to a sudden stop with the engine directly between the smoker and first coach, each of which was well filled with passengers.
Escaping steam from the engine soon filled the cars, scalding as many as fifty people.
Help on Wrecking Trains.
As soon as the conductor could get to a telephone, both Sodus Point and Newark stations were notified and two wrecking trains with all of the available doctors were soon on the scene, bringing many people to help rescue the injured.
Those who were slightly injured were made comfortable at nearby farmhouses. As soon as possible, the badly injured were removed to this place, where they were transferred to a West Shore special train and taken to the hospitals at Rochester.
How the Cars Were Piled Up.
The cars were all more of less smashed. The baggage car lies on its side. The engine, No. 3072, and tender lay coupled together at right angles to the train, bottom side up. Engineer MEAGHER'S body was found forty feet from the engine, and the fireman was lying near by. As near as can be learned the cause of the wreck was the spreading of the rails.
Thousands of people lined the track at the station in this village waiting for friends and relatives who were expected to return from an outing at Sodus Bay, and who, they feared, were among the injured.
SPENCER MEADE, superintendent of the road, together with his family and DR. FLOOD, Mayor of Elmira, were in the private car attached to the rear of the train, and received no injuries. The car did not leave the track. The passengers in the car just ahead of it were badly shaken up. TUBBS died at 10:30.
Detailed Story of The Wreck.
Cars Piled Up and Smashed -- Pathetic Scenes After the Disaster.
By The Associated Press.
Newark, N. Y., Aug. 29 -- The accommodation train leaving Sodus Point over the Northern Central Railroad and which arrives in this village at 6 o'clock, was to-night derailed at the station at Fairville, about ten miles north of here. Two were killed and twenty-eight injured.
The train was made up at Sodus Point and consisted of four coaches, a baggage car and engine with WILLIAM MEAGHER at the throttle. CHESTER FLAGLER was fireman. Conductor H. S. MERRIAM of Sodus Point was in charge of the train.
The train was running at nearly forty miles an hour. Approaching the station at Fairville there is a curve and gravel pit. For some unknown reason the engine jumped the track while passing the gravel pit. The force of the accident turned the engine completely around, throwing the five cars on their side.
The train load of some 150 passengers was thrown into the ditch and it is a wonder that the number of fatalities is not greater. The engine and all of the cars were badly broken up and the steam pipes running under the cars were broken in many places. This accounts for the large number of people scalded.
Help was quickly summoned from the neighboring houses and all the assistance possible was rendered.
Wounded Sent to Rochester.
Word was sent to Sodus and Newark for physicians, and a special train containing five doctors left Newark at 6:45 o'clock. Upon its arrival the Newark passengers were placed aboard and hastened to Newark. Five were sent to Rochester hospitals, MISS ELIZABETH WHITE, Newark; GEORGE F. GUYER, Baltimore; MISS S. M. STIZER, Mifflinsburg; ISAAC MOORE, Newark, and JOSEPHINE MOORE, Newark.
DR. BURGESS May Not Live.
REV. DR. BURGESS, one of the injured, may not recover. His right leg is broken and he is badly scalded. MRS. BURGESS is also among the seriously injured.
Coroner E. P. THATCHER took charge of MOSHER'S body and will hold an inquest.
Pathetic Scenes at Newark.
The news of the disaster spread with remarkable rapidity and upon the arrival of the special at Newark with the injured aboard a most pathetic scene was enacted. Friends and relatives were anxiously awaiting and it was pitiful to see the maimed and dying dear ones carried from the train amid the tears and wailings of the bereaved ones.
Cause of Wreck Not Positively Known.
The private car of Superintendent SPENCER MEAD was attached to the train. His wife was seriously ill. The car was derailed but the occupants were not injured.
The cause of the wreck is not known exactly, but it is thought the rails spread. There have been heavy rains recently and probably in this way the tracks were loosened.
The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1901-08-30
VICTIMS OF FAIRVILLE WRECK.
Taken from The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1901-08-31
REV. A. PARK BURGESS, Syracuse.
MRS. A. PARK BURGESS, Syracuse.
WILLIAM MEAGHER, engineer, Sodus Point.
HOWARD TUBBS, ticket agent, Sodus.
MRS. E. H. BRADLEY, Seneca Falls.
MRS. L. H. HOOD, Seneca Falls.
MISS ELIZA TODD, Newark.
FRANCES BURLEIGH, aged 12, Newark.
MRS. JAMES W. FORD, Newark.
MRS. C. G. EDWARDS, St. Paul, Minn.
MISS ANNA KANE, Elmira.
Seriously Injured, May Die.
E. H. BRADLEY, Seneca Falls (Died in Hospital).
MRS. E. A. HARE, Greenfield, Mass.
MRS. ELIZABETH WHITE, Newark (Died in Hospital).
NINA KELLAR, aged 9, Newark.
MRS. WILLIAM H. FOX, Clifton Springs (Died in Hospital).
MRS. MARION MOORE, Newark.
MRS. WILLIAM LAMUNION, Port Gibson.
OSCAR HASSEN, Baltimore, Md.
GEORGE F. GUYER, Baltimore, Md.
CHESTER FLAGLER, fireman, Sodus Point.
Injured, Will Probably Live.
MRS. E. E. BURLEIGH, Newark.
MISS SUE STITZER, Mifflinburg, Pa.
ISAAC MOORE, Newark.
MISS JOSEPHINE MOORE, Newark.
J. E. STEVER, Newark.
HENRY CABLE, Newark.
CHARLES PIERSON, Newark.
RUSSEL and DORRIS MOORE, Newark.
MRS. A. D. BURNHAM, Newark.
MRS. H. D. WARNER, Orleans.
M. N. WILSON, Macedon.
OLIVER WILSON, Macedon.
MR. and MRS. FRED EVERETTS, Palmyra.
MISS ELIZA POND, New York.
BERT TURNER, expressman, Sodus Point.
JAMES WATCHER, baggageman, Sodus Point.
MISS ELLA J. MEAGHER, Sodus Point, sister of Engineer MEAGHER.
SANDFORD K. GARDINER, Newark