Have de Grace, MD Railroad Collision, May 1844


On Saturday night, about half past nine o'clock, the train of cars which left this city at 7 o'clock, and the train which left Philadelphia at 4 P.M. came in contact at Hall's Cross Roads, about 4 miles South of Havre de Grace. The collision was so violent that one of the passenger cars was very much injured, but the locomotives sustained but little damage.
Of the persons in the train from Baltimore no passenger was injured, except MR. COOPER, of Reading, Pa., who received a severe injury in his back, and we understand that his recovery is considered very doubtful. One of the brakemen named JAMES RUSSELL, belonging to Wilmington, Del., was instantly killed, and a brakeman named CHARLES HILL, of Baltimore had a leg broken and suffered amputation. Both there were taken to Harve de Grace, where they now remain.
Of those in the train from Philadelphia, no passenger, was injured. One of the firemen named JAMES MERRIT, belonging to Baltimore had his leg broken and was badly scalded. We regret to say that he is not expected to live.
As soon as the accident occurred a special messenger was sent to Baltimore for medical assistance, and about seven o'clock yesterday morning Doctors DUNBAR, THEOBOLD, MONKUR, and some assistants, left the city to aid the sufferers.
All the passengers for Philadelphia went on except MR. COOPER and a friend or two who remained with him at Havre de Grace. The train with the passengers for this city reached here at one o'clock yesterday.
The collision took place on a part of the road where there is a short curve, and the trains were very bear to each other before the danger was discovered. MERRIT, the fireman attempted to jump off, but was caught between the locomotives by his leg, which was broken as above stated, and was held so firmly that he was severely scalded before he could be extricated.
The cause of the colllision arose, we understand, from a disregard of the order given by the Superintendent of the Road.
Baltimore American.

The Republican Compiler Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1844-05-13



We regret to have to record an accident of a frightful and serious character, on the Railroad between Philadelphia and Baltimore, on the 5th inst. -- the result of collision by two opposite train of cars.
The first person discovered to have been injured was MR. HILL, the conductor, who way lying on the road, with his left leg cut clean off below the knee. The next was a brakeman, who was along side of MR. HILL; on attempting to raise him, it was found he was dead -- his life had been sacrificed while endeavoring to save the passengers.
MR. COOPER, of Reading, Pa., passenger, was seriously injured, not expected to live; S. CROSBY, of Columbus, Ohio, had one of his legs terribly lacerated; J. F. WEST, of Illinois, had his head terribly cut, and his shoulder much bruised; G. W. READE, Esq. of Somerville, Tenn., much bruised; M. DUVALD, U. S. Navy, shoulder and legs badly buruised and cut; P. BROWN, W. PHILE, of Auburn, N. Y., cut and bruised in side and limb; J. H. LUTZ, of Circleville, Ohio, limbs badly bruised; S. SHRACK, of Auburn N. Y., a good deal cut and bruised; MR. WHITAKER, of N. East, Md., thigh much bruised.
There were several destinguished citizens in the cars of the upward train at the time of the collision, among whom was the Hon. DANIEL WEBSTER, and MR. GRAHAM, of New York city.

Bangor Daily Whig and Courier Maine 1844-05-09