Lodi Junction, NJ Train Wreck, Sept 1889

Saved by the Engineer.

NEW YORK, Sept. 28.----The Haverstraw express from Jersey, ran into a freight train on a siding at Lodi Junction, causing a bad wreck of the engine and several freight cars. None of the 200 passengers were injured. Engineer Theodore Sperman reversed when he saw the misplaced switch, and though he could not avert the collision, he saved the passengers by sticking to his post. Fireman Young jumped and was badly hurt. He was also terribly burned by being showered with vitriol from a wrecked car that contained the acid. He will die.

Mitchell Daily Republican, Mitchell, SD 29 Sept 1889



This occurred on what is now the Pascack Valley Line of NJ Transit, at the time the New Jersey & New York Railroad (NJNYRR), which was associated with the Erie Railroad. The main line ran up to Haverstraw, NY (since cut back to Spring Valley) and there was a long-gone Lodi Branch, the junction with which is where this happened. This is not to be confused with the dead NJ Midland (Susquehanna) line which ran in an east-west direction through Hackensack and into Lodi and crossed the Pascack Valley Line in Hackensack from above.

The fireman lived and sued


Judge Wheeler of Vermont, in the United States Circuit Court in Brooklyn yesterday, tried the suit brought by William H. Young to recover $12,000 from the New-York and New-Jersey Railroad Company for injuries received in a collision that occurred near Lodi, N. J., in 1889. Young was a fireman on the road, and was crushed and badly burned by the explosion of a tank car filled with vitriol. The jury awarded him $2,500.

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