Petersburgh Junction & Pownal, VT Train Wreck, Aug 1883


Two Freight Trains Collide in Vermont.

At Least Four Employes{sic} Killed-The Wreck on Fire.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass., Aug. 1--At 9:20 this morning a freight train of the Troy and Boston Road collided, about half way between Petersburgh Junction and Pownal, with a train of the same road, also freight, and at least four men were killed and probably more. Operator T. W. Johnson at Petersburgh Junction had orders to stop the train at his station but he neglected it and the train rushed by smashing into train six with terrible force just around a sharps curve. One train had forty five cars, part of them loaded and part light. The other train had twenty-five cars. Each engine was driven into the other and fifty cars were piled on top of them, while some fell into the Hoosac River, near by. The engines began to burn and communicated fire to the cars on top, and in a few minutes the whole was one mass of flames. About five minutes after the crash a passenger train with four cars, all full, was due, and a brakeman with hands, face and head bleeding went out and flagged it. The trainmen and passengers on this train at once set about rescuing the unfortunate men under the freight, but it was so hot they could do but little.

Among the killed were Charles Marden of Troy, engineer.
Mark Sullivan of Chatham, engineer of train six.
Fred {ineligible}laux, brakeman of train six.
Thomas Lane, brakeman.
H. H. Bruce of Pownal, operator of the Troy and Greenfield Road at State line was also killed.
The groans of men can be heard under the wreck, and on account of the fire they can't be rescued. If they have escaped death from the falling ears they stand a chance of being burned alive. The losses of the Troy and Boston Road cannot be less than $30,000 on both engines. All the cars are entirely useless.

Boston Journal, Boston, MA 1 Aug 1883