Beech Tree, Pennsylvania
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
The Wheeling Register, Wheeling, WV 27 Oct
Pam Whitmer. Thanks Pam!
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