Atlantic City, NJ Electric Train Wreck, Oct 1906 - Musicians, Trestle Defective, Another Body Found
GRIEVE FOR MUSICIANS.
Many Friends of the Royal Artillery Bandsmen in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28.---The Italian quater of this city was plunged into grief at the news of the Atlantic City accident. The Royal Artillery Band, most of the members of which resided here, were passengers on the ill-fated train. Several of them are reported to have been drowned.
PASQUALE MOZZILLA, a member of the band, was drowned. He leaves a widow and six small children. VINCENT ANNIBILA of New York, and P. AUGURSE, also members of the band, were drowned. Euclida TASCA, leader of the organization, was saved.
CALLS TRESTLE DEFECTIVE.
Contractor Says the Incline Was Too Great and the Support Too Poor.
A contractor, who had done some work on the road and was familiar with conditions on it from end to end, talked to a TIMES reporter last night about the accident, and was inclined to blame the construction of the trestle for it. The incline was too great, he said, and the trestle was not properly supported underneath.
"The incline should have been more gradual," said this contractor. "The trains come up an elevation about twenty feet high under power, and the without power shot down an incline and acros the bridge. On this declivity the weight of the train, which must have been 3,000 tons, was too much for the rails to stand, and they spread. The engineer was powerless to save himself, for brakes on such an incline will not work, particularly if there is much pressure on them.
"The piles which support the trestle are driven into soft mud. Why, that mud is so soft that a man could drive a fifty-foot pole into it with a hose and his finger. Ordinarily, piles are reinforced with ashes. In this case they were not. It would have taken millions of cubic yards of sand and gravel to have done the work properly.
"The real trouble has been that the work was a rush job and sufficient precautions were not taken."
The New York Times, New York, NY 29 Oct 1906
Divers Find the Body of a Camden Victim at the Bottom of the Creek.
Special to The New York Times.
ATLANTIC CITY, Nov. 1.---While divers in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company were at work to-day going over the muddy bottom of the Thoroughfare in the vicinity of last Sunday's wreck they brought up the body of HARRY N. BURCH of 820 South Eighth Street, Camden. The body was half buried in the black, sticky mud of the bottom.
The New York Times, New York, NY 2 Nov 1906