Wilmington, DE Trains Collide, Feb 1943

57 INJURED IN RAIL COLLISION.

MANY SAILORS INVOLVED WHEN SWITCH ENGINE RAMS WAITING PASSENGER TRAIN AT WILMINGTON.

Wilmington, Del., Feb. 24 (AP) -- The Pennsylvania railroad's crack passenger train "The Cavalier," heavily crowded and stopped for a signal, was rammed from the rear by a speeding switch engine and two passenger coaches early today and 57 passengers and crewmen were injured, six seriously.
Most of the injured were Navy enlisted personnel.
The crash, heard over a square mile area, shattered windows and lights in some coaches, derailed one car and tied up the southward traffic tracks of the railroad's main line four hours.
Scores of passengers standing in the aisles, waiting to get off at the Wilmington station a quarter mile away, were knocked to the floor and those seated were hurled against the seats in front of them.
Seven ambulances and scores of police and private cars took the injured to Wilmington's three main hospitals, which immediately were overcrowded. A general call was sent out for physicians and nurses.
All but the six seriously hurt were discharged after receiving treatment for lacerations, shock and bruises.
The train was southbound from Philadelphia to Cape Charles, Va. The railroad company said the two coaches attached to the switch engine were carrying 52 sailors and were about to be coupled onto the train.

Salamanca Republican Press New York 1943-02-24