Amsterdam, NY Train Wreck, Apr 1918

In an instant twisted debris covered the rails and almost at the same instant the huge boiler of the Empire State exploded, hurling the cab, with Engineer BOTTS and the fireman, BARRINGER, a distance of more than 600 feet from the scene of the wreck.

At this moment train No. 16, eastbound from Syracuse was approaching. Two employees of a nearby knitting mill, seeing the freight cars buckle, endeavored to run across the track and flag the Empire State but were unable to reach the track in time. One of the men ____ JOHNSON, was hurled several yards by the shock of the explosion and was taken to his home suffering from shock and bruises.

EDWARD DAVIS, the engineer of train No. 16, which was traveling east, saw the collision between the Empire State and the buckled freight train and endeavored to bring his train to a stop but without success.

The eastbound passenger train crashed into the wreck, throwing the engine off the track, wrecking it completely.

DAVIS was thrown from his cab and buried beneath the debris, but was quickly extricated and rushed to the hospital, where it was found he had sustained a fracture of the skull.

When the city officials reached the scene they assisted in removing the injured, who were hurried to the two hospitals. Many of them, however, were but slightly injured and after having their injuries dressed were able to proceed on their journey.

Large steel billets weighing more than a ton each which were loaded on one of the freight cars were hurled through space and completely penetrated the sides of cars which they struck.

Windows within two block of the wreck were broken by the force of the concussion when the boiler exploded and the report was heard at Hageman four miles away.

Assemblyman Albert A Copeley, of Lowville was a passenger on the eastbound train. He escaped injury.

Lowville New York Journal and Republican 1918-04-11