Greenwood, DE Train Crash And Explosion, Dec 1903




Dover, Del., Dec. 4. - As a result of the explosion of a car of naphtha and the subsequent fire in the town of Greenwood, 70 dwelling houses show damages to the extent of $70,450. Two freight trains and their contents on the Pennsylvania Railroad were totally destroyed, entailing an estimated damage of $130,000.
Three tramps who were riding in a box car near where the explosion occurred and where the fire was the fiercest are believed to have been incinerated. Nothing has been found of them except some unrecognizable bones and a charred United States Army belt-buckle. Two of the greatest sufferers are WILLIAM H. MORRIS and ALEXANDER JONES.
MR. MORRIS lost his home and everything in it, and the disaster not even spared him his wife, who is lying in an improvised hospital at Greenwood Hotel in a dying condition. MR. JONES lost a cozy home, his wife lost the sight of both eyes and his daughter is forever disfigured.
Four other injured women are being treated at the hotel hospital. The cases of MORRIS and JONES are similar to those of fifty others, though more severe.
The shock of the disaster was terrible, the awakening was worse and the realization and reaction is indescribable. The shock of the explosions was heard as distinctly by the towns in close proximity to Greenwood, that many thought it was an earthquake.
Coroner Lank, of Sussex County, has adjourned his inquisition to early next week. Only a few of the train men had recovered sufficiently to appear, and these could only testify to facts already known.

Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1903-12-04