Sewall's Falls, NH Freight Train Wreck, June 1892
DISASTROUS FREIGHT WRECK.
LUMBER AND GENERAL FREIGHT PILED UP IN A HEAP TWELVE FEET HIGH.
Concord, N.H., June 25. -- One of the worst freight wrecks known in this vicinity occurred about an eighth of a mile above Sewall's Falls crossing, some five miles from this city, on the Concord and Montreal railroad, last evening.
A through freight south, composed of forty-four loaded cars, was traveling at a good rate of speed, when suddenly the forward car was seen by the engineer to go down upon the track instantly. The cars following piled upon it, and eighteen of them, loaded with lumber and miscellaneous freight, were ground and broken into an almost inextricable mass of wreckage, which filled the roadway from fence to fence, tearing down telegraph poles and lines, and cutting off communication north and south.
The locomotive and the rear cars, in which were the trainmen, escaped derailment or injury, and no one was hurt. The passenger train south, following some fifteen minutes behind, was stopped, and the passengers, who were carried by reached here two hours late. The road is completely blocked by the debris, which in one place reached to a height of twelve or fifteen feet.
The cause of the accident is unknown, but it was due either to the breaking of a journal on the forward car or to a breaking apart and coming together again of the train.
Fitchburg Sentinel Massachusetts 1892-06-25