Wildwood, NJ Train Wreck, Nov 1906
TRAIN DOWN AN EMBANKMENT
12 Hurt on Road on Which Thoroughfare Creek Disaster Occurred.
Special to The New York Times.
WILDWOOD, N. J., Nov. 14.---Twelve persons were injured, though none fatally, in the wreck of the passenger train on the Anglesea branch of the West Jersey & Seashore Railroad this afternoon about 2,500 yards north of the Grassy Sound Drawbridge. This is the branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad on which the recent wreck occurred at Thoroughfare Creek, near Atlantic City. The most seriously injured is Harry Newcomb, a brakeman.
The train was on its way to the junction from Wildwood to meet the Cape May Express, which left Camden at 9:08. While running at twenty-five miles an hour the engine and tender left the track, dragging all of the passenger coaches with them.
The jolting over the ties threw all the passengers from their seats, and amid the cries of excitement a combination car just back of the locomotive and the next coach broke their couplings and rolled down the embankment.
After running a short distance the last two cars ran down the embankment and lodged against telegraph poles.
A wild scramble ensued among the passengers. Some were wedged between the seats, but nearly all managed to crawl from the windows of the upper side. Nearly every one on the train was slightly injured. Most of them was slightly injured. Most of them were cut by broken glass. It is regarded by all in the accident as nothing less than a miracle that many in the overturned cars were not killed.
Engineer Bowers applied the brakes as soon as the engine left the tracks and remained at his post. Neither he nor the fireman was hurt.
Physicians were summoned from the neighborhood to attend the injured, some of whom were afterward removed to Cooper Hospital, Camden, while others returned to Wildwood.
There are various theories as to the cause of the wreck. The commonly accepted belief was that the rails had spread because of a rotten tie, but Supt. Lovell said that the brake rigging of the tender had dropped upon the track, derailing the tender, and the cars that followed, and also pulling the engine off the track.
A wrecking crew was at work soon after the accident, and the track will be cleared for traffic by to-morrow.
The New York Times, New York, NY 15 Nov 1906