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Easton, PA Train Wreck, Mar 1853


EASTON, Pa., March 25, 1853. The quarter past three o'clock train from Phillipsburg, opposite this place, for New York, came in collision, on the New Jersey Central Railroad, with a locomotive coming from Elizabethtown, and Mathias Johnson, baggage master, was instantly killed, and three other persons severely injured---one, it is thought, fatally. The engine going towards Phillipsburg had been reversed, and was detached from the tender by the concussion, when it went on towards New York at a rapid rate, without a conductor or guide. It however fortunately exhausted itself before meeting any other train.

The Weekly Herald, New York, NY 26 Mar 1853

article | by Dr. Radut