York Harbor, NE Train Wreck, Apr 1900


Gang of Trainmen Work all Night on the York Bridge.

The Freight Car is Pulled Over in the River Channel.

Fred Emery is Very Low at the Cottage Hospital This Afternoon.

A gang of trainmen under Foreman James Corey of this city worked all Monday night on the wreck at the York Harbor & Beach railroad bridge over the York river at York Harbor. They succeeded in clearing up a large opening in the draw by pulling the freight car that stood on its end, into the river and released the drawbridge, which will be repaired and placed in position as soon as possible.

The passenger car is still at the bottom of the river and is completely wrecked. The glass in the windows are smashed, the trucks are torn off and one side is partially splintered.

If the draw tender could have had but two minutes more, before the cars reached the bridge, the worst part of the accident would have been averted, He had closed the draw within two or three feet when the car rushed upon it. The enormous weight broke down the drawbridge before the moving end swung into position and with a terrific crash of breaking timbers and iron the passenger car plunged into the channel. The freight car followed and wedged the drawbridge against the York end of the bridge. A second freight car also came near going, too, but the trucks dropped off and the end fell on the bridge. This brace of the truckless car served as the first check and stopped the two cars following from going further. All of the cars were heavily loaded with general merchandize, the most of which was intended for the hotels.

The car was pulled back onto the bridge late Monday afternoon. It was hauled back by the engine that headed the ill-fated train in the morning. The work was watched by an enormous crowd, many from this city being present. The electric cars were crowded all the afternoon.

The spot where the cars broke away is about six or seven hundred yards from the draw of the bridge where, the cars went in. They increased their momentum every minute on the down grade and before they reached the bridge had attained considerable speed.

Fred Emery, the unfortunate American Express agent is reported to be very low at the Cottage hospital this afternoon. The surgeons amputated his leg just above the knee and will endeavor to save the other foot which is crushed. His wife is with him at the hospital. It is very doubtful if he survives.

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 1 May 1900