Summitville, NY Train Wreck, Aug 1908

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PASSENGERS ESCAPE.

No One Hurt When Train Crashes Through String of Cars.

MIDDLETOWN, N. Y., August 14. -- What is regarded as one of the most remarkable railroad wrecks that has ever occurred on the Ontario and Western system, in that no one was killed or injured, occurred at Summitville last night when passenger train No. 416, bound for Weehawken, N. J., ran into an open switch while going twenty miles an hour, cut through half a dozen empty passenger coaches standing on a siding and then jumped the track.

It was largely due to the coolness and bravery of the engineer, Eugene Barrs, that the train was not completely wrecked.  When he saw that his engine had run by the open switch he applied the emergency brakes, and despite the fact that he saw his engine rushing toward the passenger coaches on the siding he stuck to his post.  The engine after jamming its nose through the empty cars jumped the track and went hounding along over the ties, dragging the mail coach also from the rails.

Evening Star, Washington, DC 14 Aug 1908