South Amboy, NJ train Accident, Jul 1896


A Freight Brakeman Lost His Life on the Rail.

Special to The Inquirer.

EASTON, July 24.—John Reaper, a Lehigh Valley freight brakeman, of Phillipsburg, met with an accident at South Amboy, N. J., yesterday afternoon which resulted in his death an hour later. The crew of Reaper’s train were drilling cars. Reaper’s train were drilling cars. Reaper stood close to the west-bound track and was struck by passenger train No. 23, due here at 3:30, and hurled some distance.

His skull was crushed. He was removed to the Metuchen depot, where he died. The remains were brought to Phillipsburg later last evening. Reaper was 25 years old and is survived by his wife, to whom he had been married only about a year. He was a native of High Bridge, N. J.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 25 Jul 1896