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Bemis Station, ME Train Wreck, Jan 1891

DOWN A HIGH EMBANKMENT.

FATAL WRECK ON THE MAINE CENTRAL----STANLEY HAD JUST PASSED.

PORTLAND, Me., Jan. 12.----The freight train on the Maine Central Railroad that leaves Lunenburg, Vt., for Bartlett, N. H., at 6:15 A. M. started to-day with an engine, twenty-one freight cars and a caboose. The train was several hours late.

After leaving Crawford's, the caboose broke loose and the brakes held it. The rest of the train began to slip on the icy rails, and the brakes did not hold. It soon was going at great speed, and when near Bemis Station the whole train except the engine and the forward car left the track and went down an embankment 500 feet.

Two brakemen, Muir and Jarvis, went down with the train and were instantly killed. The cars contained corn and grain and were smashed to pieces. Jarvis's body has been found, but Muir's has not. The track was badly torn, and it was necessary to transfer passengers on the afternoon train.

Stanley's train had just passed along, and he was to go back the same way in the morning on his way to St. Johnsbury, but he will now have to go to Newmarket Junction.

The New York Times, New York, NY 13 Jan 1891



article | by Dr. Radut