Norwich, NY Washout Causes Train Wreck, Sept 1905

Norwich, NY Train Wreck 1905

RESERVOIR BURST.

Wash Out Tract at Norwich, N. Y., and Caused Wreck.

Binghmaton, N.Y., Sept. 4. -- A special to The Binghamton Republican from Norwich states that two engines and six cars of a north-bound freight train on the Ontario & Western were tipped over about 8 o'clock last evening, when the train ran into a bad washout about a mile and a half north of Norwich.

Engineer Norton, of Norwich, was drowned.  Other members of the train crew were injured and several of them narrowly escaped drowning but all of them got out of the flood.

Engineer Norton is survived by a wife and two small children.

About five miles of the Ontario & Western track were under water, much of it washed out by the sudden rise in the Kings settlement creek when the reservoir from which the village of Shelburne obtains it water supply burst.  The stream was overflowing from the heavy rains for the past two days and when this reservoir dam broke, it washed everything in its path.  There were no buildings to meet its fury, but when the railroad track was reached it caused much damage.  A short time after that the freight train ran into the washout before the trainmen saw the danger or could stop the train.

St. Albans Daily Messenger, St. Albans, VT4 Sept 1905

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TRAIN WRECK VICTIM

Norwich, N. Y., Sept. 4. -- Two engines and six cars of a northbound freight train on the Ontario and Western were tripped [sic] over last night when the train ran into a bad washout about a mile and a half north of Norwich, and wend down an embankment.

Engineer Norton, of Norwich, was drowned.  Engineer Barden, of the second engine, was so badly injured that it is not expected that he will live, and Fireman Ferris and Brakeman Colton were badly injured.

Daily People, New York, NY 5 Sept 1905