Canandaigua, NY Train Wrecked, June 1867


From the Albany Journal, June 15.
The second steamboat express train from the West, due here at 9:20 last evening, met with a serious accident about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Canandaigua by the spreading of the track. The train was run off, and the result was a frightful destruction of cars.
There was a large number of passengers on the train, who were thrown together promiscuously, and many of them buried up in the broken cars. For a time the wildest excitement prevailed, and those who escaped uninjured immediately set to work extricating those who were buried up in the ruins. After the unfortunte had been extricated and conveyed to comfortable quarters, the work of removing the debris was commenced. Although this work was carried on with energy, so great was the destruction of property tht the 1:15 P.M. train from here was detained there three hours, and even up to 10 o'clock this morning the south track was not in running order. By this accident a large number of persons were injured, some of them pretty seriously if not fatally.
We have been able to gather the names of a few of the injured and the nature of their wounds, but our list is far from being perfect, if anyreliance can be placed upon the statements made by those who were on the train, and have since reached this city:
THOMAS WARFIELD, of Clifton Springs, back and ear.
MRS. BATES, of Victor, on the face.
B. LANGDON, of Rochester, on the head.
D. BLUE, of Bergen, on the back and side.
MRS. JESSUP, of Shortsville, on the face and neck.
Two gentlemen, names unknown.
We also learn that MR. E. A. DURANT, of this city, received a letter from a stranger stating that his daughter was there and unable to proceed further at present.

New York Times New York 1867-06-16