Central Islip, Long Island, NY train wreck, Apr 1918


Eight Cars Carrying 305th Infantry Topple Over Embankment at Central Islip, L. I.


Injured Rescued from Wreckage by Comrades - Medical Corps Improvises Hospital.

Special to the New York Times.

CAMP UPTON, YAPHANK, L. I., April 15. - Three soldiers were killed and thirty-seven were injured, several seriously, when eight cars of a train bearing 700 members of the 305th Infantry were overturned by a broken rail in the Long Island Railroad near Central Islip, L. I., early this morning. The train of ten cars was on its way to Long Island City. The train had left the camp during the night, and while it was traveling at about thirty miles an hour about three miles east of Central Islip the second car of the train lurched suddenly and rolled down a six-foot embankment into a ditch. Seven other cars were derailed, leaving the locomotive and two cars on the tracks.

Although Supts. J. R. Savage and C. D. Baker of the Long Island Railroad said they thought the derailment was caused by a split rail catching the wheels of one of the coaches, an investigation was begun immediately by army officers to determine whether the wreck had been caused by enemies. An unofficial report upon the accident made to Brig. Gen. Evan M. Johnson tonight was that the wreck had been caused by the accidental breaking of the rail. A separate investigation is being undertaken by District Attorney Leroy M. Young of Suffolk County. Officers on the train reported no suspicious circumstances, although patrols were sent out in all directions immediately to bring in suspicious persons. The rail is being examined in laboratories.

Little information upon the extent of the injuries suffered by the thirty-seven men was given out by the surgeons at the base hospital here tonight, although it was admitted that the injuries of about ten were serious. Others suffered bruises and lacerations and will be able to resume their duties in a few days. The three dead men received fractures of the skulls and died instantly. They were

The Dead.

HUDSON, OSWALD, private, Schenectady, N. Y.
MOHAN, EDWARD, private, 40 Wilson Street, Brooklyn.
MURPHY, GEORGE, private, 73 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn.

The Injured.

ALCOTT, CHARLES W., private, 547 West 157th Street.
ANDERSON, ARTHUR J., private, 7 Bay Thirty-eighth Street, Brooklyn.
BANKS, WALLACE, private, Westfield, Mass.
CAMPBELL, EDWARD J., private, 1,747 Seventy-second Street, Brooklyn.
CASHIN, THOMAS A., private, 1,451 Fourteenth Street, Brooklyn, injuries slight.
CARSON, LLOYD P., private, Gouverneur, N. Y.
CONIGLIO, DOMINICO, private, 1,732 Seventeenth Street, Brooklyn.
DONELSKY, MASON, private, 160 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.
DORMAN, FRANK, private, Herkimer, N. Y., injuries slight.
DUCHARIME, WILFORD J., private, 9 Cedar Street, Malone, N. Y., injuries slight.
ENGEL, HARRY H., private, 55 East Twenty-second Street, Bayonne.
FEIGENSON, PHILIP, private, 1,695 Washington Avenue, the Bronx.
FRIED, MORRIS, private, 48 West 117th Street.
GANGO, WILLIAM F., private, address unknown.
GROSS, ARTHUR, Corporal, 137 Sumner Avenue, Brooklyn.
HOFFMAN, ISIDORE, private, 1,943 Cropsey Avenue, Brooklyn.
IANNELLO, ROSARIO, private, 1,248 Fifty-ninth Street, Brooklyn.
KALISCHER, MAURICE, private, 118 East Twelfth Street, Brooklyn.
KANELLOPOULOS, CHARLES G., private, 1,628 Broadway.
KARRAR, GEORGE, Corporal, 84 Greenwich Street.
LAGES, FRANK, private, 608 West 154th Street.
MELE, GABRIELE, private, 1,426 Sixty-fourth Street, Brooklyn.
MICHAELSON, MELVILLE M., private, 1,372 Fifty-fourth Street, Brooklyn.
MYERS, JOSEPH A., 838 East Sixty-seventh Street.
NICASTRO, Pasquale, private, 125 Sheldon Avenue, Frankford, N. Y.
NOLAN, JAMES, Sergeant, 4 William Street, Ossining.
RICASOLI, ATILIA, private, 440 Anora Street, Boston; injuries slight.
ROCHE, WILLIAM J., private, 34 Valley Road, West Orange, N. J.
ROCCHI, JULIUS H., private, 1,801 Avenue O, Brooklyn.
SHERIDAN, PHILIP J., private, 2,552 East Fifteenth Street, Brooklyn.
SHRAGER, ALBERT, private, Worcester, Mass.
SKONIEZKI, STANISLAU, private, 223 Steele Street, Herkimer, N. Y.
SMITH, LOUIS W., private, 8 Shell Road, Coney Island.
STEMBBER, MAURICE, private, 1,065 Fifty-fifth Street, Brooklyn.
WALSH, EDWARD, Sergeant, 537 Thirty-Eighth Street.
WELLENKAM, EDWARD C. A., Corporal, 209 Hewes Street, Brooklyn.

Asleep When Crash Came.

Although most of the soldiers were asleep when the cars were derailed, there was no confusion, and without shouting or excitement they climbed out of the doors and windows of the coaches, aiding their comrades who were injured.

As soon as the men were sure they had carried all their dead and injured comrades to the improvised hospital the word was given to the engineer to run to Central Islip with all speed, and within half an hour after the accident the injured men were receiving treatment of physicians and surgeons from the hospital. Meantime officers and surgeons from Camp Upton had mobilized a train of motor trucks and army automobiles and had started with medicines and bandages to the scene of the wreck and the Central Islip Hospital. Three hours after the wreck all the injured men were brought to the camp hospital, where a special corps of surgeons was waiting to give their injuries further attention.

The New York Times, New York, NY 16 Apr 1918
The most recent wreck of any consequence was that of a troop train near Yaphank, L. I., on April 15, 1918. Three soldiers were killed and thirty-seven were injured when a ten-car train bearing 700 members of the 305th Infantry was ditched by a broken rail near Central Islip. Seven of the cars were derailed. The train had left Camp Upton in the night with soldiers bound for overseas duty.

The New York Times, New York, NY 14 Feb 1921