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Easton, Pennsylvania Train Wreck

February 12, 1907

Black Diamond Express Comes Near Going Into River.
Passengers Thrown Into Panic and Expected Death, but Only Received Slight Injuries.

Easton, Pa., Feb. 12-
An iron girder extending above the track this afternoon saved at least two cars of the Lehigh Valley's west-bound Black Diamond express from going over the side of the Delaware bridge and into the river, seventy feet below. The train was composed of a cafe\car, a day coach, a sleeper and observation car.

It entered the bridge at a high rate of speed, and was just beginning to increase the speed, when the two last cars were derailed in a manner that seems to mystify railroad men. The first of the derailed cars ran along the ties of a distance of about twenty-five yards. The other swerved to the right and ran to the very edge of the bridge, Another inch, and it would have fallen on the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks and rolled down an embankment into the river.

The passengers were thrown into a panic and expected to be carried down to death every minute. The women shrieked and the men ran toward the doors. Some were prevented from jumping out.

A number were slightly injured by broke glass. Those who needed medical attention: H. SEATON, Bethlehem, Pa., hand cut by jumping through a door.
CHARLES COZSINS, Alletown,[sic] cut about the head.
MISS M. E. COLAMAU, Athena, Pa., hand cut. Negro porter, back wrench.
All the injured continued their journey.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC 13 Feb 1907

Transcribed by Lori.  Thanks, Lori!


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