Greensburg, PA Train Wreck, Dec 1900


Seventeen Cars Derailed and Cabin Destroyed by Fire

Special to The Inquirer.

GREENSBURG, Pa., Dec. 14.---A disastrous freight wreck occurred this morning at the Scotdale branch junction, in which seventeen cars laden with coke were derailed, the cabin burned and several trainmen badly injured. The wreck was caused by the train breaking and running together.

The injured are: Conductor Charles Coughenough, of Scotdale, right let broken: Brakeman Gaffney, of Mt. Pleasant, extended scalp wound, arm crushed and bruised about body; Engineer William Rial, of Rufusdale, thought to be internally injured; Engineer John Mumaw, of Scotdale, badly bruised about body; Flagman Elmer Wilheim, of Mr. Pleasant, head hurt.

All the trainmen injured had completed their runs and were on their way home.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 15 Dec 1900

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