Ware, MA Train And Wagon Crash, Aug 1898

TERRIBLE ACCIDENT.

FIVE PERSONS WERE KILLED AND A NUMBER OF OTHERS WOUNDED, SOME FATALLY - ENGINE STRUCK A WAGON.

Ware, Mass., Aug. 27. - Five persons were killed this evening at Whiting's Crossing on the Boston and Maine Railroad by a collision between a train and a wagon containing a pleasure party of eleven persons. The dead are:
GEORGE WHITING, aged 50;
MRS. WHITING;
JESSIE WHITING, their daughter, aged 18;
CADIE WHITING, another daughter, aged 20;
a boy who flagged the crossing, name unknown.
The pleasure party was made up of the WHITING family and some of their intimate friends of Bondville, and they were going from home in Bondville to Forest Lake in a covered wagon drawn by four horses. On one side of the crossing there is quite a steep hill running down to the tracks. As the wagon came over the crest of the hill and started down toward the railroad track the flag boy at the foot of the hill was seen to come out of his station to flag an approaching train. The momentum of the vehicle on the steep grade was so great that it went by the flag boy and out upon the tracks just as the Northampton and Ware accommodation train came along. The engine struck the wagon about in the middle, tossing the occupants on all sides, killing the horses and demolishing the vehicle.
The train was stopped. Five bodies were picked up in a terribly mangled condition, one, that of the boy, being decapitated. The latter was the sub-crossing tender, the regular flagman having been called away and put the boy on to flag this train.
The WHITING boy, the most seriously injured, is not expected to survive the night. MRS. HOUGHTON has both legs broken and is internally hurt. The others are badly cut and bruised.

The Weekly Advertiser Montgomery Alabama 1898-09-02