Dummerston Station, VT Dreadful Train Accident, July 1865



The "Owl Train" met with a dreadful accident Tuesday morning, two miles north of Dummerston Station, a short distance south of Murder Hollow Brook. The road at this point passes through a cut in a small hill, having just made a sharp curve, and here a heavy rain during the night had loosened a mass of earth which had slid upon the track. The train was about an hour late and running at good speed. The curve in the road prevented the engineer from seeing the slide and the train rushed through it. The engine and baggage car were not thrown from the track, but the shock broke the coupling between them and the two following cars - a passenger and a sleeping car - which were at once thrown from the track, and after running some ten rods from the slide were both whirled down a bank, fifty feet clear into the Connecticut River. The bank sloping and the cars must have turned over three or four times before touching the water. The sleeping car was thrown out into water five feet deep and landed right side up, with one end pointing towards the bank. The other car was plunged lengthwise into the water just at the edge.
The passenger car was crowded with soldiers and civilians a detachment of 25 men mostly belonging to the 10th Vt., being on board on their way from the Hospital at Montpelier to be mustered out at Brattleboro, in charge of Sergt. Warren E. Bliss, 1st Bat. Vet. Res. One of them was taken out of the car dead, as it appeared, from drowning, he probably being stunned at first. No one in the car escaped injury of some kind, but it is thought all were recovered from the wreck, though there are rumors that one man is still missing.
Conductor BRUCE jumped from the train and escaped with several strains. COL. MEADE of the 8th Vt. was considerably injured. Superintendent CALHOUN, of the Shore Line (from New Haven to New London) escaped with sprained ankle and some bruises.
We visited the scene of disaster and obtained the following news of those most severely injured:
HELEN M. WOODARD, of Montreal, going to Greenfield, scalp and thigh bruised.
MRS. A. C. PHELPS, of Canada East, spine badly injured.
MRS. MARY ASHLEY and little boy, of Canada East, - the woman bruised and the boy having a severe contusion of the brain.
ANNIE M. LEECH, of Montreal, going to Chicopee, badly bruised.
EDWIN B. THAYER, West Beddington, Vermont, head bruised and mind wondering.
JOSEPH N. CALHOUN, 10th Vt., leg fractured.
D. M. WOODS, 1st Vt. Cal., collar bone broken.
The man who was killed is supposed to be GEO. R. GRANT, Co. B, 8th Vt.
Sergeant BLISS had his head badly bruised and his side lamed.

Lamoille Newsdealer Hyde Park Vermont 1865-07-05