Metuchen, NJ Train Boiler Explosion, Mar 1907


And Two Pennsylvania Trainmen Suffered Fatal Injuries

METUCHEN, N. J. March 11 -- Two men were killed and several others seriously, two of them fatally injured as the result of the explosion of a boiler of a freight engine of the Pennsylvania railroad early today. The dead are: Engineer Fisher of Newark and Head-brakemen Smith of Scranton, Pa.

The freight left Jersey City for the West late last night and when just opposite the depot here the boiler exploded, hurling bits of iron and steel 200 yards away.

Freight cards were piled one above the other and there was hardly anything left of the engine except its wheels, while the tracks on both sides were torn up. Several of the crew were buried under the overturned cars, including firemen and one brakeman, and both of these will probably die as a result of their injuries. The wreck caught fire, but the flames were quickly extinguished.

George Fresh of Trenton, a fireman, died this morning from his injuries. This makes the third victim of the explosion.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 11 Mar 1907