Waverly, NJ Train Wreck in Railroad Yards, Feb 1902

Train Passengers Shaken Up Near Newark,
N. J. Brakeman Seeking Stimulants
for the Dying Shot

NEWARK, N. J., Feb. 12 — One man was
killed, several others were injured, one
woman was hurt and a man was shot as
a result of a railroad collision in the Waverly
yards of the Pennsylvania Railroad
The dead man was engineer of a passenger
train bound from Jersey City to Railway,
which ran into a freight engine drawing
a train which passed out from a siding
on to the main tracks directly in front of
the passenger train. He was George Hetzel,
forty years of age.
The engineer remained at his post after
calling to his fireman to jump. He was
crushed between the wrecked cab of his
engine and the side of the boiler and roasted
to death before he could be released.
E. S. Wilson, who was firing on the Railway
train, leaped and was severely cut and
bruised. E. C. Jones, conductor of the
train, was thrown down in one of the cars
and his face was badly lacerated. Samuel
Bolton, baggage master of the train, was
badly bruised and cut by being knocked
down and having the baggage in his car
thrown upon him.
John Horn, the engineer of the freight;
Steven Moore, his fireman, and Joseph
Schaeffer, the conductor of the freight,
leaped before the crash and escaped serious
injury, although all were cut and
William Winner, a freight conductor, who
was making up his train in the yards, went
to aid in the rescue of Hetzel, and was
severely injured by a portion of the cab
falling on him. Mrs. John Semley, sixty five
years of age, of Linden, N. J., who
was a passenger in the fourth car of the
Rahway train was hurled over the seat in
front of where she sat and sustained severe
internal injuries.
Several other passengers were cut by flying
glass, but all were sent on to Rahway
within a short time in a special train made
up in the yards. Mrs. Semley was kept at
Waverly until she had been attended by
a physician and was then sent to Rahway
in a special car.
When Conductor Winner went to the aid
of the dying engineer, he sent Theodore
Ferree of 12 Waldo Avenue, Jersey City,
to get some stimulants for the imprisoned
man. Ferree was a brakeman on Winner's'
Ferree rushed into Caw's Hotel, on Elizabeth
Avenue, breathless and greatly excited.
A few weeks ago Carr was the victim of a robbery in which pistols were used to intimidate him. When Ferree burst into the place Carr thought more robbers
had appeared, and opened fire. Two bullets are embedded in Ferree's right shoulder, one of them rather low down and the wound is considered dangerous.
Carr was arrested, and when he was
brought to the police station here the first
intimation of the wreck was received in
the city. Then an ambulance was sent to
the scene.
Engineer Horn of the freight train and
Fireman Wilson of the passenger both assert that their engines had white lights.