Orange, NJ Trains Collide Leaving Station, Oct 1903



Lackawanna Engine That Struck Carload of School Children at Newark Makes Bad Wreck at Orange.

Special to The New York Times
Orange, N. J., Oct. 26 -- Several people were injured -- none dangerously, however, as by a miracle -- in a railroad smashup that occurred in the Orange station of the Lackawanna Railroad this morning at 8:30 o'clock just as the rush of commuters to the metropolis was at its height. The swift Passaic and Delaware Express crashed into the Hackettstown local train as it was moving out of the station. The rear train was the same that hit the trolley car full of school children at the Clifton Avenue crossing in Newark last February.
Those injured were:
STUPP, C. J., 169 High Street, Orange, hip injured.
DOWD, MRS. HENRY M., 136 Day Street, Orange, face and scalp badly lacerated.
FELL, LAURENCE T., 55 Cleveland Street, Orange, a son of the late Mayor LAURENCE FELL of Orange, severe injuries to hip and severe contusions.
SQUIRE, L. B., JR., Lenox Road, South Orange, cut above head by glass.
HINE, COL. EDWIN W., Orange, of the Elizabeth and Westfield Traction Company, hand lacerated and cut.
PARFF, MARY, of Main Street, Orange, right knee injured.
BURKE, ALICE, of Mount Hope, employed in Newark, shock and severe bruises, Orange Memorial Hospital.
HART, MAY, of West Orange, severe bruises and shock, Memorial Hospital.
JONES, ADELE, Commerce Street, Orange, bruises and shock.
WUTHRICH, FRITZ, South Jefferson Street, Orange, bruises.
WALL, W. HOLLISTER, Argyle Avenue, Orange, left leg injured, ankle badly twisted.
McCARTHY, CATHARINE, West Orange, badly bruised and suffered shock.
ROBERTS, WILLIAM H., of the firm of J. Marshall & Ball, severely bruised about the body.
Many who were injured went away, refusing to give their names. The total number of those who suffered more or less severely from the crash will not fall short of twenty. Nearly all of the injured were first taken to the hospital, but most of them insisted upon being taken to their homes for treatment.
The first warning of the impending danger was given by a young man who boarded the rear platform of the local train, threw open the door and shouted:
"For God's sake pull that bell rope: the express is right on top of us."
The passengers made a wild rush for the doors, but before they got there the engine had crashed into the rear car and all were thrown from their feet. The rear car was thrown fully five feet in the air and the rear truck was sent spinning away by the impact. The platform curled up like a piece of paper and the headlight of the locomotive was hurled through the door.
The front of the big locomotive caved in like an egg shell and large chunks of heavy oak wood from the car were driven into the cracks. The pilot, brakes, and all projecting pieces of the locomotive were wrenched and the pilot telescoped the cab of the locomotive, and the first car demolished the rear of the tender of the locomotive.
"I was running cautiously and had my train well in hand," said MARSHALL CASSIDY, the express train engineer, "for I knew the Hackettstown train was ahead of me. Signals along the line gave me a clear road; I expected, though, to find the signal in the block in which the accident occurred set against me. It was not, and I therefore ran right on until I saw the other train ahead of me around the curve. I clapped on the emergency brakes and reduced the headway of the train a good deal before the smash came."
MR. FELL, one of the most seriously injured, is a member of the Essex County Grand Jury, and he said soon after the accident that he would cause a most rigorous inquiry to be made into the matter with a view of placing the responsibility.

The New York Times New York 1903-10-26