Wickford Junction, RI Train Wreck, Jan 1907

PLUNGED DOWN EMBANKMENT.

ENGINE AND FREIGHT CARS WRECKED AT WICKFORD JUNCTION.

Wickford Junction, Jan. 26. -- The failure of a "D" rail attached by a switch to the switch tender's tower here to work this morning caused an engine and six freight cars to jump the track and plunge down a 20-foot embankment which borders the roadbed. JOHN REA, the engineer, and EDWARD BAKER, the fireman, both who reside in New London, Conn., had narrow escapes from instant death, when they leaped from their engine just as it was about to take the plunge down the embankment. The seventh car, which was drawn by the wrecked engine, broke away from the first six and swerved obliquely across the track and prevented the onrush of the rest of the train of 40 freight cars. Both the engineer and fireman were uninjured, but they consider their escape as miraculous. Traffic was tied up for quite a while during the early morning hours, but a wrecking train was immediately despatched from New London and soon cleared up the debris.

Newport Daily News Rhode Island 1907-01-26