Pittsburgh, PA Train Wreck, Feb 1919
NINE MEET DEATH IN TRAIN WRECK
Fatal Accident on Pittsburgh Track. 75 Persons Injured
Pittsburgh, Feb. 22–Nine persons are known to have been killed and 75 others injured, many fatally, when a Baltimore & Ohio passenger train crashed into two light engines double-heading here tonight. The accident occurred shortly after 9 o'clock and at midnight police, firemen, railroad men and private citizens still were at work on the debris in an effort to bring out any bodies pinned in the wreckage.
All the victims of the accident resided in and about Pittsburgh, many of them coming from the city of McKeesport, near here.
The accident occurred near Swinburn Street and Second Avenue, the tracks at this point being elevated above the surface of the avenue.
According to officials of the railroad, the light engines were ordered to take a siding near Hazelwood, so that the passenger train would have a clear track. The engines pulled in on the siding, and the officials express the opinion that one of the locomotives evidently had not pulled in far enough off the main line, and that the passenger train sideswiped it.
The train, traveling about 40 miles an hour, crashed into the big engines, scattering wreckage in all directions, much of the debris falling over the retaining wall to Second Avenue.
Three of the passenger coaches were ripped from the remainder of the train but they held the rails.
Passengers were hurled from their seats through windows in many instances.
The Laurens Advertiser,
26 February 1919, page 6