Greenville, DE train wreck, May 1892

Powder Train in a Wreck.

WILMINGTON, Del., May 10. - A freight train composed of ten cars, some of which were loaded with powder, was wrecked at Greenville, on the Kentmere branch of the Wilmington Northern Railroad, this evening. The train was on its way from Dupont's powder works to the main line of the railroad when the accident occurred. The powder consignment comprised between 800 and 1,000 kegs, each keg containing ten or twelve pounds, a total of nearly five tons.

At Greenville the train collided with a westbound freight. The powder train was thrown from the track, and the engine and cars rolled down an embankment. The cars were completely wrecked and every keg of powder was broken open, but fortunately there was no explosion.

The New York Times, New York, NY 11 May 1892