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Beech Tree, Pennsylvania

Train Wreck

October 26, 1890

A Singular Accident.

Pittsburg, October 26.
– A special from Dubois, PA, says; A strange and fatal accident occurred near Beech Tree, a few miles from here, by which Engineer Casey and Brakeman Laird were killed, and Conductor Crawford and Fireman Fitzpatrick badly injured. At 3 o’clock this morning train No. 40, with an extra pusher, broke in two on the up grade. The accident was not known to the engineer of the pusher, who shoved the rear section over the summit and sent it down the other side, to run along by gravity. Meanwhile Conductor Casey had run ahead, side-tracked the first section, and ran back to get the rear end. The two met with a crash in a deep curve. The tender was thrust through the cab, pinning Casey to his seat and injuring him so that he died tonight. Brakeman Laird was instantly killed, being crushed between the cars, while the others were but slightly injured.

The Wheeling Register, Wheeling, WV 27 Oct 1890

Transcribed by Pam Whitmer. Thanks Pam!


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