Ithaca, NY Train Wreck, Sept 1913


Ithaca, Sept. 23. -- Knocked from the running board of his engine while the train was running through the Lehigh Valley yards at a rate of about twenty miles an hour, DAVID E. WALLACE, engineer on train No. 301, which leaves this city for Auburn at 7:30 A. M., sustained a compound fracture of his left arm and narrowly escaped death under the wheels of his own train.

The accident happened as the train was passing the plant of the International Salt company. WALLACE noticed that the pump, located on the right side of the engine forward of the cab, was not working properly, and he went out on the running board to adjust the apparatus.

While working at the pump the engineer leaned a little too far out from the engine and a box car standing on a side track near the salt works struck him, breaking his left arm at the elbow so that a portion of the bone protruded through the flesh.

The blow knocked the engineer to the ground, and when the train had been stopped by the fireman and backed to the scene of the accident, WALLACE was found lying with his body almost against the rails over which his own train had just passed.

Another engineer was secured and the train proceeded on its way, and WALLACE was taken to the offices of DR. M. J. FINAN, where his injury was attended. Later WALLACE was removed to his home at No. 423 West Buffalo street.

The Syracuse Herald New York 1913-09-23