Meriden, CT Express Train Wreck, Aug 1920

ONE MAN KILLED IN NEW HAVEN WRECK.

NINE ARE INJURED, INCLUDING TWO NEW YORKERS, NEAR MERIDEN, CONN.

CAUSE IS NOT KNOWN.

ENGINEER OF WRECK TRAIN ARRIVES TO FIND HIS SON DEAD IN CRASH.

Meriden, Conn., Aug. 21. - One man was killed and nine persons were injured late today when train No. 99, New York to Springfield express, on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad was wrecked near Holt's Hill, one mile south of this city. GEORGE E. BILLS, aged 30, of Hartford, engineer of the train, was killed.
The injured are:
WILLIAM E. COTTER, fireman, Springfield, severely scalded by steam.
JOSEPH HANDYSIDE, Springfield, an engineer who was riding in the locomotive, badly scalded.
WILLIAM CORRIGAN, brakeman, Hartford.
JAMES C. DONNELLY, lawyer, Worcester, Mass.
HERBERT SMITH, New Britain.
The REV. J. J. BRODERICK, Hartford.
MISS E. A. WALLACE, New York.
JOHN J. ROGERS, New York.
S. HART, Hartford.
MR. DONNELLY was taken to the Meriden Hospital, while the others were attended by physicians near the scene. The three injured railroad men are in the Meriden Hospital. It was said that Fireman COTTER was in a critical condition.
The locomotive, tender, two Pullman coaches and three day coaches were derailed. The roadbed was torn up for several hundred feet and one of the Pullman cars was thrown partly on top of the locomotive, which ploughed into an embankment. The other derailed Pullman was tossed in the opposite direction, falling on its side across the rails. Six other cars in the train remained on the rails.
E. J. HENRY, baggage-man, of Springfield, and Conductor BAILEY said they considered it miraculous that so few passengers were injured. Railroad men here could give no explanation of the cause of the wreck. The point where the derailment occurred is on a curve and near a switch. Indications were that the line will be blocked all night.
Trains were sent by way of Waterbury. A train was made up at Hartford and came here to take the passengers northward.
Charles Bills, engineer of the wrecking train, which arrived from Hartford, is the father of Engineer BILLS, who was killed. He did not learn of his son's death until he reached the scene of the wreck.

The Sun and The New York Herald New York 1920-08-22