Alpena, MI Excursion Train Derailment, June 1902




Others May Succumb to Their Injuries -- Seven of the Passengers Are in Serious Condition -- Tender of the Locomotive Jumps the Track, Engineer Applies the Brakes and the Sudden Stop Derails Three Coaches -- Two of Them Plow Through the First One.

By The Associated Press.
Alpena, Mich, June 8 -- An excursion train on the Detroit & Mackinaw Railroad which left here at 7:15 o'clock for Saginaw, consisting of an engine and twelve coaches and carrying over 500 people , was wrecked at Black River, while running forty miles an hour. One man was instantly killed, three were probably fatally injured and nearly fifty others received injuries of various degrees of severity, ranging from bruises and cuts to broken limbs.
AUGUST GROSINSKI of Alpena was killed outright. The most seriously injured were:
JOHN M'CARTHY, Alpena, left arm broken and serious internal injuries; will probably die.
ERNST LEGATSKI, Alpena, right leg broken and probably fatal injuries.
JACOB MONDORFF, Alpena, probably fatal internal injuries.
OTTO KANOWSKI, head badly cut and breast injured.
LOUIS DEPPLER, Alpena, right thigh fractured.
GEORGE M. BOYNE, No. 281 East street, Buffalo, sprained back and face and neck bruised.
CARL BEYER, right leg broken, three toes cut off and head seriously injured.
The excursion was under the auspices of the German Aid Society of Alpena.
When the train reached Black River, the tender jumped the track. Engineer HOPPER instantly set the air brakes and reversed his engine. The sudden stop threw the first three coaches of the train off the track and into the ditch. The first car was thrown half around and the next two coaches plowed through it and cut it in two.
AUGUST GROSINSKI, the only person killed, was seated in this coach with forty other excursionists. His body was terribly crushed and death was instantaneous. The escape of the others in the car was well nigh miraculous. GROSINSKI'S little son occupied the same seat with him, but was uninjured.
The three wrecked coaches were piled up in a heap and 200 feet of the track was torn up.
A relief train brought eight surgeons from Alpena. All the injured were brought back to this city.

The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1902-06-09