Blairsville, PA Train Wreck, July 1903

BIG WRECK

Freight and Work Trains Collide Near Blairsville-Three Injured.

Monday afternoon a freight train of 45 cars, 35 loaded, running from Blairsville Intersection to Blairsville, ran into a work train near Blairsville, injuring three persons and demolishing two engines and 18 cars. The injured are Conductor Marion Rowe, not fatally; Engineer Stitt, bad injuries to his back and perhaps fatal internal injuries, and an unknown brakeman, arm broken and ribs fractured. All belong to the freight crew and live in or near Blairsville. The wreck made it necessary for the local train on the branch to run by way of Bolivar and the West Penn Monday evening and Tuesday.

The cause of the wreck is said to be as follows: Engineer Stitt brought his train to the Intersection, cut off his engine and ran up to Blairsville to get a clear track, as it is necessary to run at great speed up the grade. The work train was on the main line and was notified. Stitt then went back to his train and ran to Blairsville at fifty miles an hour. The work train had not vacated the track and the smashup occurred near the Whitney glass works.

Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, PA 30 Jul 1902