Waterbury, CT Train - Carriage Wreck, Oct 1899
The bus proceeded on its way out West Main street and the tracks of the Highland division were crossed safely enough, and the coast seemed all clear at the Naugatuck division crossing beyond. The driver knew of the 9 o'clock train, but it was long past time for it and danger from this source never entered his head. On the track he drove and then she suddenly discovered bearing down upon him and his load a train from down the road. Quick as a flash he applied the whip and to his ready intuition is doubtless due the fact that his passengers did not meet with an awful fate. He nearly cleared the crossing, but the engine caught the rear of the wagon and smashed it to kindling wood. Just how the passengers escaped is not known. They don't know themselves, but with the exception of the driver, none was seriously hurt, although all of them were more or less stunned.
The up train for Winsted due to leave the Naugatuck depot at 9 o'clock was almost a half hour late, and it was fast getting up headway as it neared the West Main street crossing. There is a slight curve in the road just before the crossing is reached and the train must have been nearly on the crossing before the engineer could see the wagon.
The train was immediately stopped and the people in the ill-fated 'bus were picked up and physicians summoned. It was found, however, that none was seriously injured except the driver, and all were taken to their homes in private vehicles who happened to be at hand, and were put at the disposal of the sufferers.
Just why the driver, who was farthest away from the engine, should have fared so much more seriously than any of the others is a question. There do not seem to have been any spectators to the affair, but one explanation offered is that as the wagon was struck it was knocked sideways, throwing the driver against the cab of the engine. The horses were not hurt in the least.
The injured man was removed to the Naugatuck depot and Dr. Goodenough was called. It was found that although no bones were broken, he was suffering from internal injuries to some extent, and there was also a concussion of the brain. The ambulance was summoned and he was removed to the hospital, where he was reported resting quietly at a late hour.
Among the others known to be in the 'bus who were injured were: Clifford Wood, head cut and slight gash on limb; Emma Strokacker, hurt about head, lives at Bunker Hill; Edna and Hattie Stoddard, cut and bruised.
Others who were in the 'bus but who were not injured are Miss Stevens, Miss Johnston, Harry Emmons and Edgar L. Day of Miller & Peck's.
New Haven Evening Register, New Haven, CT 5 Oct 1899