Lodi, NJ Train Wreck, Apr 1872

The engineer and firemen were severely hurt, and were conveyed to their homes in Wortendyke by a special car. Their recovery is doubtful. The conductor and all the other hands were badly injured. Several of the passengers were cut or bruised, but none of them, it is hoped, seriously.

The Wounded

were taken to the neighboring houses and kindly care for until the arrival of surgeons from Paterson and Hackensack, and as soon as possible they were all removed to their homes by special trains. The company ordered everything for the victims of the accident that could be invented for their comfort.

The train was going at a moderate speed, as it was anew road, and there was danger of washings and landslides after the heavy rains of the previous night. The company had been repeatedly assured of the safety of the bridges, and had relied upon the opinions of the engineers who inspected it.

Every person in the car was injured more or less seriously. The following is a list of the killed and badly wounded: -


JOHN RICHARD DOREMUS (familiarly known among his friends in Hackensack as JOHN DICK DOREMUS), one of the brakemen, killed instantly.


James McCREA, the engineer, badly hurt about the head and body.

William McCREA (son of the above), the fireman, also badly hurt about the head and body. Both the above were taken to their home in Wortendyke.

D.C. BIANVELT, the conductor, injured on the head and knee.

F.C. FREEMAN, baggage master, leg broken. he smoked a cigar while the surgeon was dressing his wounds.

Abram H. LITTLETON, of Middletown, N.Y., wounded in hip.

Surrogate Isaac WORTENDYKE, of Hackensack, slightly on forehead.

Mr. SMALLY, a contractor, slightly.

Miss Lizzie MUZZY and her sister, of Paterson (living in Market street), both slightly wounded by bruises.

John WORTENDYKE, of Hackensack, slightly hurt in the eye.

Peter H. DOREMUS, of Dundee, slightly hurt on head and leg.

John BLAUVELT, of Wyckoff, a severe-gash in the forehead and cut on leg.

J. Zabriskle GOETSCHINS, Assessor of Ramapo, hurt interally. He seemed crazy for some time, but subsequently got better, although badly wounded.

G. VAN DIEN, lumber merchant, of Paramus, severely hurt.

Mrs. Abm. TERHUNE and her daughter, of Water street, Paterson, badly injured.

Aaron G. GARRISON, Collector of Bergen county, slightly wounded on head. Lives at Yawpaugh, N.J.

It was feared at first that there were some killed under the ruins; but it is now believed that such is not the case, all who were on the train having been accounted for. The accident created the wildest excitement in Paterson and other places along the line of the Midland Railway. It will take several days to repair the damage sufficiently for the resumption of the travel between Paterson and Hackensack.

New York Herald, New York, NY 11 Apr 1872