Mast Hope, PA Train Wreck, Apr 1867

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Accident on the Erie Railroad

The express train of the Erie railway which started from Buffalo at twenty minutes past two o'clock yesterday afternoon, and was due here at seven o'clock this morning, met with a serious accident at two o'clock this morning near Mast Hope, on the Delaware division of the road, about a hundred miles from New York.

Trackmen, were, previous to the time of the accident, endeavoring to replace a broken rail; and when the train was expected a flagman was sent out to stop it.

The engineer, named GEORGE ELWOOD, and the fireman were both on the lookout, but the night was dark, and they did not see the signal.

The result was, that the engine, which, according to the statement of one of the persons employed on the train, was running at the rate of from thirty-five to forty miles an hour, went at full speed upon the bare ties, breaking the trucks and causing terrible injury to the train.

There were nine cars in all. Three express freight cars followed the tender; then a baggage car, a postal car, a smoking car, and three passenger cars, of which two were sleeping cars.

Six of these cars – the express, baggage, postal and smoking cars – were all more or less broken up, but none of the persons on them were killed. Some were considerably bruised.

The engineer, MR. ELWOOD, lost his life and the fireman was scalded, but will recover.

The fact that the passengers escaped with so little injury is considered very remarkable.

A new train was made up at Deposit, and the passengers, &c., brought to this city at noon.

The Huntingdon Globe Pennsylvania 1867-04-03