Harrisons Landing, CT Train Wreck, Oct 1892
Five Men and Four Race Horses Killed in a Collision.
The Boston express freight ran into the Brattleboro freight, bound south, about a thousand feet south of the flag station at Harrison's Landing, Conn., on the New London Northern Railroad. The engines came together head on, and a frightful wreck was the result. The first car of the southbound train contained four racehorses bound for the races at Groton. Four of the five men in charge of the horses were killed outright, and one was so fearfully injured that he died a few minutes after reaching New London.
The men killed were as follows: CHARLES HINER and WILLIAM GILLEN, of Ballston Spa, N. Y.; EDWARD MOORE, of Norwich, Connecticut; _____ McKENNA, residence unknown. Of the fifth man nothing was known and there was nothing upon his person which would tend to identify him.
The racehorses killed were Teddy R., Brockway, Wonderful Cure and Jennie Maynard. The car which carried the horses and men was carried, after the collision, over the engine of the northbound train and then fell over on its side. Other cars of this train were also thrown over and to the side of the Boston freight.
The cause of the accident has not yet been determined and no one can be found who will venture a theory. The railroad officials have nothing to say. The coroner and medical examiner were at work in the case, and the engineer, firemen and other train hands and railroad officials were put upon the stand. The train dispatcher of the road was declared to be the person at fault, and he was placed under arrest by the coroner.
The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1892-10-21