Whitesboro, NY Train Wreck, May 1858
J. F. TRACY, Superintendent of the Chicago & R. I. R. R., badly cut over the eye but not dangerously; JOHN CLEMENS, of Erie, Pa., badly bruised and sprained, but left in the next train; MISS COOK of Sunbury, Delaware Co., N. Y., slightly bruised about the head; S. S. HORTON, Binghampton, slightly bruised; WM. HART, Cleveland, O., bad contusion on the head and arm, bruised but not dangerously; A. A. LANGWORTHY, St. Clairville, Chat. Co., N. Y., slightly injured; S. M. ALLEN, President of the Niagara Falls Co., slightly hurt; R. W. BUCKLEY and sister MARY, of New York, both slightly bruised; MRS. L. W. ANDREWS, Tempster, N. H., bruised slightly; MR. BICKNELL, of Rome, father of CASHIER BICKNELL, pretty baby hurt; a lady from Kentucky name unknown is badly wounded and probably will not recover; ABRAM MACK, wife and six children, all were more or less injured, two of the children were dead, the parents will recover; JOSEPHENE HOUBLER, a young lady accompanying MR. AND MRS. MACK, is badly hurt on the head; DAVID LESVI (?), of Cincinnati, had a bad compression of the ribs, but will brobably[sic] recover; RALPH BOWMAN, of Strasburg, Germany, has a fractured leg and a wound on the head; JOHN McDONALD, of Morris, Otsgo[sic] Co., badly hurt about the head and right arm, but will recover.
JOHN WALLACE, of Eagle Harbor, Lake Superior, neck hurt; JOHN MUNROE, Greenhouse, hurt internally on left side; HUGH LISLAY, of Minnesota, bound for Dover, head cut open badly, the scalp torn off the forehead, and eyelid cut loose; MR. YATES, of Fulton, scalp loosened, but not seriously injurhd[sic]; G. F. KNOWLES, of Sambornton Bridge, N. H., terribly bruised about the head, is now deranged, and can hardly recover; the wife of MICHAEL BRODERICK, of Boston, had her scalp completely cut around, her husband and child on adjoining seats were not injured; MRS. MARY BACHELDOR, mother-in-law of DR. L. W. FASQUELLE, of St. Johns, Mich, was hurt across the neck and shoulder, and internally. Many others were more or less bruised, but none so seriously as those mentioned. The accident occurred to the Cincinnati Express, due here at 6:20 A. M. It was somewhat behind time at Whitesboro, and was coming at a high rate of speed when it met on the bridge over the Sauquoit Creek, the Utica Accommodation for the west, each on its own track. The engines crossed the bridge, but is the passenger cars of the Express and the freight cars of the Accommodation came upon it, the north side gave way, precipitating the freight cars into the creek, and piling the passenger cars one above the other, splintering platforms and seats to atoms, as the cars struck the abutment.
The persons injured were all on the express. The passenger car on the accommodation did not reach the bridge.
Different stories are told as to the cause of the accident. One is that an axle of the express baggage car broke as it reached the bridge, and thus threw the trains together. The other attributes the casualty to the rottenness of the timbers of the bridge.
MAJOR PRIEST, Local Superintendent of the Road, happened to be on the accommodation train. He at once dispatched a sufficient number of men to the relief of the sufferers.
A large number of wounded were immediately brought to this city and taken to Bagg's Hotel, the McGregor House, the Northern Hotel, and the Railroad House. Others were cared for at Whitesboro. Physicians were summoned, and everything was done that could be to relieve their sufferings.
UTICA, May 11 - 12 o'clock Midnight.
The following are the dead up to this time; A. MOORE, Rising Sun, Ind; DANIEL S. BRAYTON, of Phelps, Ontario Co., N. Y.; two children of ABRAHAM MACK, of Cincinnati, one a girl aged 12 years, and the other a boy aged 6; JOHN FITZGERALD, of New York, who had been to Detroit on a visit to his sons; WM. H. SHARPE, a colored preacher; CHARLES BELTMAN, of Cincinnati aged 12 years.
The coroner's jury to-night examined several parties, and the testimony all went to show the extreme rottenness of the bridge.
The Erie Observer Pennsylvania 1858-05-15