Tamaqua, PA Train Wreck, May 1899


One Man Dead, Others Seriously Hurt at Tamaqua, Pa.

Pottsville, Pa., May 16. -- One man was killed, another, it is believed, was fatally and several others were seriously injured by a passenger engine on the Little Schuylkill branch of the Philadelphia and Reading railway jumping the track and colliding with a coal train.

The dead man is SAMUEL GRIER of Newberry, engineer of the passenger train. LOT KERSHUER, his fireman, was so badly hurt that there is small hope for his recovery. The fireman of the coal train and several passengers received severe injuries.

The accident occurred at Longacre's curve, about three miles below Tamaqua. The passenger train was running between Shamokin and Philadelphia. While rounding a sharp curve the passenger engine left the track and ran into the engine of the coal train, going in an opposite direction on the next track. Both engines were badly shattered, and traffic was delayed for several hours. The dead and injured were taken to Tamaqua in a special train. An investigation as to the cause of the accident disclosed the fact that a spike was on the passenger train, but whether it came there by accident or design is not known.

Ogdensburg Advance & St. Lawrence Weekly Democrat New York 1899-05-13

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One Man Dead, Others Seriously Hurt at Tamaqua, Pa.

The dead engineer is
SAMUEL GRIER, of Newberry, leaves widow and eight children.

Injured are:
JOHN SHORT, of Port Richmond, fireman of coal train, back broken and skull fractured; wife and five children.
LOTT KERSTOTTER, of Shamokin, fireman of the passenger train, badly scalded.
PETER O'NEILL, a contractor, of Port Carbon, arm crushed and collar bone broken.
FRANK BASTIAN, Mahanoy City, injured internally and ankle sprained.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 17 May 1899