Kennebunkport, ME Freight Trains Collide, Dec 1873
EASTERN RAILROAD DISASTER.
COLLISION OF FREIGHT TRAINS.
ENGINES AND CARS WRECKED.
THREE MEN KILLED AND TWO INJURED.
THE PASSENGER TRAIN SAFE.
TRAINS DELAYED BY THE BREAK.
THREE ENGINES SMASHED.
THE DOWN TRAIN AT FAULT.
Portland, Dec. 30.
A sad disaster occurred on the Eastern Railroad, just this side of Kennebunkport, shortly after midnight last night. The telegraph here was thrown down and information was thus delayed. The disaster occurred by a collision of the up and down freight trains, after the midnight Pullman train had safely passed.
Later Particulars - The Crash.
The accident occurred between Kennebunk and Days Siding. Conductor BISBEE'S freight train which left here for Boston at 5:40 was three hours later than its usual time. Near the place above mentioned the train broke apart and the engineer ran ahead to avoid being struck by the rear part, it being a down grade. He got on to a siding and then ending the balance of the train did not overtake him he ran back to get it. While running back the freight train from Boston came dashing along and the two trains collided with a terrible crash.
The engines were dashed to pieces, cars were smashed and thrown from the track, tearing down the telegraph poles, and the track so obstructed as to prevent the passage of trains.
Killed And Wounded.
It is reported that three men were killed including Conductor BISBEE, and two others wounded. It is also said that one of the engineers was crushed under the wreck.
An alarm was sounded by whistles in Portland and about 4 A.M. a relief train was sent to the scene of the disaster. The 6:15 A.M. and 7:40 A.M. trains for Boston went out together occupied by General Agent Batchelier, whose return with particulars is awaited.