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Sonestown, PA Engine Wrecks On Passenger Train, Feb 1904




Engineer G. T. SIMMONS, a Son of Postmaster SIMMONS, of Sonestown, Was Pinned Under His Engine, Having His Neck Broken, and He Met Death Instantly, While Fireman CHARLES DARLING Was Found Fatally Hurt Alongside the Locomotive, and Several Hours Later Passed Away at the Hotel at Sonestown. Both Men Leave Families. None of the Passenger Cars Left the Track.

A wreck in which two railroaders lost their lives occurred on the Eagle's Mere railroad, a mile above Sonestown about 5:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The dead are G. T. SIMMONS, the engineer, who was aged about 32 years was married and leaves a wife and one child at Sonestown, and CHARLES DARLING, the fireman, aged about 35 years, who also lived at Sonestown, and leaves a wife and several children. No one else was hurt.
Son of Postmaster SIMMONS.
Engineer SIMMONS was a son of Postmaster G. W. SIMMONS, of Sonestown and Fireman DARLING was a brother of ED DARLING, who with two others was killed in the wreck near Laporte about a year ago.
Engine Suddenly Left Track.
It was a mixed, or accommodation train known as No. 3, and had started from Sonestown for Eagle's Mere about 5:15 o'clock. The train is made up of passenger and flat cars. On reaching the old splash dam used some years ago by the Lyon Lumber company a mile above Sonestown the engine for some unaccountable reason suddenly left the rails and rolled about thirty feet down the bank.
Pinned Under Engine.
The engineer was pinned under his engine and when removed later it was found that hisneck was broken. He had been killed instantly.
Fireman Lived Several Hours.
The fireman was found fatally injured lying alongside the engine. His ribs on the right side were broken in, and his collar bone fractured. He was also hurt internally. The unfortunate man was hurried to Sonestown and taken to the Hotel Magargle. He rallied somewhat, it is said, but was past all help, and died several hours later.
Engine a Complete Wreck.
None of the passenger cars, in which were some passengers, left the track, but one flat car went off the rails with the engine and the truck of another also jumped the track. The engine is said to be a complete wreck.
Wreck Unaccountable.
The Williamsport and North Branch officers at Hughesville stated last night that the acacident was unaccountable, as they could discover nothing about the wreck that would account for it. It was just one of those accidents that no one can tell how they happen. The rails were not broken or the track damaged, and the wreck will be cleared by this morning.

The Daily Gazette & Bulletin Williamsport Pennsylvania 1904-02-06

article | by Dr. Radut