East Putney, VT Train Falls in River, Mar 1913


Fireman Lost When Locomotive and Caboose Fall Into River.

EAST PUTNEY, Vt., March 30--One man is believed to have been drowned today when and engine and caboose on the Central Vermont Railroad fell into the Connecticut River two miles north of here. Willis Perritt, a fireman, whose home is in Winchendon, Mass., has been missing since the accident. An embankment, weakened by the recent floods, gave way under the pressure of the locomotive.

Perritt, A. E. Littlefield, the engineer, and Cornelius Driscoll, another fireman, were carried under the water, but Littlefield and Driscoll swam ashore. Four men in the caboose climbed out of windows and waded to safety.

The New York Times, New York, NY 31 Mar 1913