Huntingdon, PA Train Wreck, Mar 1876

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On Sunday afternoon, the 5th of March, 1876, John Keister, engineer of the limited mail train, was killed on the road in a wreck near Warrior Ridge station, about three miles west of Huntingdon. The train ran into a rock that had fallen off the ridge; the locomotive was knocked off the track and cutting loose from the cars, turned twice in going down the embankment, carrying Keister with it. He crawled out from the debris, the blood issuing from his mouth and nostrils, and seating himself he was heard to pray, and in 15 minutes his spirit took its flight. James Drake, another engineer who was on the engine at the time, caught hold of the throttle and held on until the engine ceased rolling, and escaped serious injury, as also did the fireman, Adam Kaufman, who jumped before the engine went over. Mr. Keister was aged 35 years, resided in Harrisburg, and left a wife and two children.

The Indiana Democrat, Indiana, PA 22 Mar 1876