Ashtabula, OH Train Wreck & Bridge Disaster, Dec 1876 - A Terrible Accident
Cleveland, O., Dec. 29. - - A terrible accident occurred at Ashtabula, Ohio. Train No. 5, bound west, went through an iron bridge and down seventy-five feet to the river. A heavy snow prevails there.
Later. In the incident at Ashtabula, O., on the Lake Shore Railroad, it is reported that seven coaches, together with the baggage and express cars, were burned. One person out of every five was killed.
Further Details. The scene of the railroad accident at Ashtabula, Ohio, is a few rods east of the depot. An iron bridge spans Ashtabula creek, seventy-five feet above the water. On both sides are high banks of snow, which has been falling almost constantly for the past forty-eight house, and a now a driving storm is raging, making it difficult to get news from the wrecked and
Burning Train, but assurances are given that the citizens of Ashtabula, with a competent corps of physicians are doing everything possible for the sufferers.
List of the Sufferers. The following is a partial list of the wounded:
Geo. W. Waite, wife and son, of Ashtabula, badly hurt;
J. W. Martin, wife and mother, thought to be from East Avon, Livingston county, fatally injured;
J. M. Murray, Hartford Conn., injured;
W. H. Shepherd, Brooklyn, N. Y., leg broken;
Bernard Sawyer, White Hall, slightly bruised;
Thos. C. Wright, Nashville, Tenn., slightly;
H. L. Brewster, Rochester, N. Y., slightly;
Mrs. Lew, Rochester, N. Y., slightly,
Robt. Monroe, Rutland, Mass., badly;
Edward Trueworthy, Oakland, Cala., badly hurt;
Trueworthy's wife and daughter both killed;
R. Austin, Chicago, bruised slightly;
R. Karrall, Chicago, slightly hurt;
child of Mrs. Mary Bradley, of San Francisco, killed,
a Mr. Barlow, supposed to be connected with Wood's Museum, Chicago, badly hurt;
Minerva Brigham, Chicago, dangerously wounded;
A. Busham, Milwaukee, slightly.
By Fire and Water. 10:45 p.m., the storm has somewhat abated and the weather, fast growing colder. It seems that the falling train and bridge smashed the ice in the creek, and those not killed by the fall or burned by the burning cars were held down by the wreck and drowned before they could be extricated, many too will be or have frozen. All the good citizens of Ashtabula are at the wreck, and as many as can are working to rescue those that are not already claimed by death, while hundreds of strong arms stand ready to relieve those who have become exhausted with toil. At this time they have been unable to learn the name of a single one of the killed except a little babe of Mrs. Bradley, and know there were a large number of eastern people on the ill-fated train. It is said that the seven coaches that fell through were all well filled. The express messenger of the American Express Company is missing and supposed to be among the killed.
11 p.m. A special train with physicians, nurses and everything for the comfort of the wounded at the wreck, left Union depot at 10 o'clock.
The weather still growing colder and only four bodies so far have been taken from the debris.
Number Killed. It is estimated that there were one hundred and seventy-five passengers on the train, at least one third of whom were killed, burned to death or frozen. The train was drawn by two engines. One engine remained on the bridge, everything else went down. The engineer and fireman on the engine that went down were badly but not seriously injured. The work of removing the dead still goes on but very slowly.
Sedalia Daily Democrat, Sedalia, MO, 30 Dec 1876