Black Diamond, PA Train Derailed, Feb 1907

Wreckage of the Pennsylvania Flyer Pullmans In River

PENNSYLVANIA FLYER WRECKED.

Johnstown, Pa., Feb. 23. -- The Pennsylvania railroad's eighteen hour special west bound train was wrecked at Black Diamond, seven miles east of Johnstown, shortly after midnight.
There were fifty-four passengers on the train and nearly every one of them was injured. JOHN F. KLINE, postmaster at Joliet, Ill., was badly crushed about the head and is probably fatally injured.
Among others hurt were:
FREDERICK A. BUSSE, postmaster, Chicago.
SAMUEL F. NIXON, theatrical proprietor, Pittsburg.
WILFRED SAMUELS, Elgin, Ill.
F. H. HUBBARD, New York.
J. WOOD WILSON, Marion, Ind.
THOMAS BAUER, Lafayette, Ind.
FELIX ISMAN, Philadelphia.
W. A. SINGER, La Salle theatre.
GEORGE S. WOOD, Colonial theatre.
LIGHTER HENDERSON.
J. J. KERN, ex-state attorney.
GEORGE B. MELLON.
C. W. WIGLER.
E. O. COME.
VIRIS BROWN.
A. R. URION.
Attorney D. W. WISEN.
MR. and MRS. LEO LEHR.
IRVIA ROTHSCHILDS, all of Chicago.
The Pennsylvania officials say that no one was killed and that KLINE was the only person fatally hurt. The train was running about fifty miles an hour and was thirty-five minutes late. When rounding a sharp curve the Pullman coaches left the rails and plunged over a sixty-foot embankment into the river.
All attempts to obtain information from the railroad officials met with rebuffs at every hand.
The accident was caused by a brake rigging on the first Pullman dropping down and tearing up the rails for 300 yards.
The engine and combination coach did not leave the rails, but the four Pullmans following plunged down over the embankment to the river over 100 feet below, overturning when they reached the bottom. Some of the seriously injured were brought to this city and others were taken to Altoona. The greater number, whose injuries were slight, continued the west bound journey on a special train.
F. J. MURPHY, Joliet, contusions and bruised.

Waterloo Semi-Weekly Courier Iowa 1907-02-26