Sunbury, PA Winter Sleigh And Train Crash, Mar 1906

A SLEIGHING HORROR.

READING TRAIN CRASHES BROADSIDE INTO SLEIGH, KILLING SEVEN OF THE OCCUPANTS.

Shamokin, Pa., March 25. - Philadelphia & Reading passenger train No. 5, which left here at 3:36 p.m. Saturday, crashed into a sleigh load of people at Haas Siding, near Sunbury, instantly killing six of the party.
The dead are:
WASHINGTON NEIDIG, aged 67 years.
CYRUS NEIDIG, aged 40.
MRS. CYRUS NEIDIG, aged 38.
CLARENCE NEIDIG, a son, aged 17.
WALTER NEIDIG, a son, aged 11.
MARTHA NEIDIG, aged 20.
A nine-year-old daughter was so badly injured that she died at the Mary Packer Hospital, one hour later.
The aged father, his son, the latter's wife and four children resided at Seven Points, near here, and were on their way to Sunbury.
At the railroad crossing a wagon road crosses the Philadelphia & Reading single track at a sharp curve, and owing to the jingle of bells CYRUS NEIDIG, the driver, failed to hear the approaching train. The engine struck the sled broadside, plowing through, horribly mangling all the occupants and instantly killing the two horses.
Hundreds of people gathered at the scene, which was most heartrending, as the entire NEIDIG family was wiped out. The remains of all seven victims were taken to E. I. Weimer's undertaking rooms, Sunbury.
There was to have been a family reunion today at the home of G. W. Neidig, at Augustaville, a small village near here, and the latter had driven to the home of his sons to convey the party to Augustaville.
At Haas Crossing the Pennsylvania Railroad and Philadelphia & Reading Railway run parallel a short distance apart. A curve renders one road invisible from the other, and to this fact the accident was due.
The sled, containing the seven persons, had crossed the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks and had just reached the Reading tracks when an express train crashed into them.

Reading Times Pennsylvania 1906-03-26