West Nyack, NY Train Crash Into Wagon, Feb 1908

SEVEN KILLED; 18 HURT.

WAGONLOAD OF MERRYMAKERS STRUCK BY A TRAIN AT WEST NYACK, N.Y.

TROLLEY CARS WERE IN A CRASH.

PARTY WAS RETURNING FROM BASKETBALL GAME EARLY SUNDAY MORNING - RESPONSIBILITY HAS NOT BEEN PLACED.

Spring Valley, N.Y., Feb., 24. - A foam-specked pair of horses that tore through the streets early Sunday, dragging between them a splintered wagon pole, brought to the village the first news of a grade crossing accident at West Nyack, in which nine members of its most prominent families were either killed outright or frightfully injured.
The dead:
GEORGE REITH, aged 30; assistant superintendent of the telephone office and manager of the Spring Valley basketball team.
NELSON NAY, aged 19, who drove the team.
BERTHA SINGER, aged 18.
GEORGE SHINN, aged 38, a basketball player.
JEANETTE PALMER, aged 21.
The injured:
WARREN PALMER, 22; condition serious.
HENRY DIETGREN, 23, basketball player; will probably recover.
MARY EDITH BIRL, 18; condition critical.
The runaways brought up at the livery stable from which they had been hired the night before to take a party of men and girls to a basketball game at Nyack.
Returning at an early hour Sunday, the wagon load of merrymakers was run down at West Nyack crossing by an Ontario and Western express train. Four of the party were killed outright, two died while being removed to the Hudson County hospital at Hoboken, N.J., and the other three lie in a serious condition at that institution.
The responsibility for the accident is in dispute. The survivors can not be questioned as yet, and the only other witness was the crossing gate tender. He claims that the team was driven through the lowered gates.
The gate on the side of approach was broken down, but the opposite gate was intact, and, if previously lowered, must have been hurdled by the frightened horses after the wagon had been struck and torn from the pole.

Sedalia Weekly Democrat Missouri 1908-02-27