Bristol, PA Train Involved In Accident At Crossing, Dec 1890

TERRIBLE ACCIDENT AT A CROSSING.

FOUR KILLED AND TWO INJURED BY A TRAIN AT BRISTOL, PA.

Bristol, Pa., Dec. 13. - A shocking accident occurred at the Mill Street railroad crossing this afternoon, by which four persons were killed, one fatally wounded, and one seriously hurt. The accident was caused by the safety gates at the crossing being raised just before the New York west-bound express was due.
A number of persons had been waiting for a freight-train to pass, and as soon as the gates were raised they started to cross. J. McILVAINE, a teamster, started across with his wagon, in which were his 13-year-old son NEAL McILVAINE; JOSEPH HUSSEY, about the same age; HUGH DEVER, a storekeeper on Pine Street; and JOHN McGEE, about 15 years old.
The express train, which was running at full speed, struck the wagon, instantly killing NEAL McILVAINE, JOSEPH HUSSEY, and HUGH DEVER. JOHN McILVAINE had his shoulder and leg broken, ribs crushed, and was otherwise internally injured. He is not expected to live. The two boys were struck with such force that they were thrown into the canal.
JOSEPH JOHNSON, who was crossing the track on foot, was also struck by the engine and instantly killed. JOHN McGEE, who was also in the wagon, was badly injured. The gate-keeper claims that the clatter of the freight train passing drowned the noise of the bells so that it could not be heard.

Chicago Tribune Illinois 1890-12-14