Hunter's Crossing, NS Train Jumps Tracks, Feb 1904
TRAIN JUMPS TRACK.
PASSENGER TRAIN ROLLS DOWN EMBANKMENT.
Two dead, two fatally and twenty-five seriously injured is the revised casualty list in the wreck of the intercolonial express train, the five cars of which left the rails at Hunter's Crossing, forty miles west of Halifax, N.S., Wednesday and plunged down a 80-foot embankment into the Shubenacadie River. Every one of the thirty passengers suffered more or less serious injuries, as did the ten members of the train crew.
The dead are:
Conductor ROBERT DUNCAN, Halifax.
MR. JOHN GLASSEY, Halifax.
The injured are:
Baggagemaster J. E. BLAIR, Halifax.
An Armenian peddler, name not known.
The train, consisting of a locomotive, postal car, baggage car, two days coaches and a Pullman car, was bound from Halifax for Montreal and Boston, and was traveling sixty miles an hour when the accident occurred.
As the curve at Hunter's Crossing was reached, Engineer Ross felt a jolt, and looking back saw the baggage car swerve from the rails, followed by the coaches and the mail car. The five cars went over the embankment and rolled down into the river, which skirts the roadbed at this point.
The Pullman turned over twice. One of the coaches struck a tree and was ripped open from end to end. The other cars landed bottom up in the water, which, fortunately, was less than two feet deep.
Of the seriously injured, many had broken limbs, but it is believed that none will die.
The accident is supposed to have resulted from some defect in the wheels of the truck of the car which first left the track. A broken rail was at first thought to have caused the wreck, but investigation showed that this was not the case.
The overturned cars carried down the telegraph wires, and communication between Hunter's Crossing and Halifax was not re-established for several hours. Traffic on the road was resumed at a late hour.
Cedar Falls Gazette Iowa 1904-02-12