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Beverly, MA Train Wreck, Aug 1892

RAILROAD WRECK AT BEVERLY.

A PASSENGER CRASHES INTO A FREIGHT----SEVERAL HURT.

BEVERLY, Mass., Aug. 17.---At 5:40 this afternoon Passenger Train No. 112, Rockport to Boston, met an extra freight at Paradise Crossing, on the Boston and Maine, Railroad at Beverly and a collision ensued. The passenger train was going thirty miles an hour and the freight twelve miles. Both engines were totally demolished, and with their coal and water tanks were piled in one heap.

Engineer Jones of the freight engine, with Acting Conductor Fred Macomber and six other trainmen were injured, the first very seriously. Brakeman Frank Heeney of the freight was killed. Francis E. Heeney left Gloucester in the afternoon on an order to run to Beverly and get two freight cars there, one car containing three horses and the other carriages. In the car with the horses was a colored coachman. Two of the horses were killed and one so badly injured that it was taken out and killed. The colored coachman was injured. Heeney was on top of the forward freight car and was pitched over into the wreck and crushed.

On the train were Dr. Brooks of Springfield and Dr. Townsend of Boston. They gave immediate attention to the wounded, and Dr. Dearborn of Beverly and Dr. Cowles arived[sic] in a few minutes. Engineer Jones suffered a bad scalp wound and probable fracture of the skull. Engineer Rand was bruised about the legs and badly shaken up. Fireman Harper had his leg broken and was otherwise badly injured. James Whalen's leg was broken and his scalp out rather seriously. Conductor Macomber of the freight had his ankle fractured.

Parsons and Macomber live in Gloucester. Rand is a Charlestown man. Heeney, who was killed, has a mother and brother in Salem,. and his body was taken there. The smoking car was thrown off the track, but not down the embankment. The other two cars kept the rails and were not much injured, and only a slight shock was felt in the passenger cars. A wrecking gang is at work, but the track will probably not be wholly cleared before noon to-morrow.

The New York Times, New York, NY 18 Aug 1892



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