Brooklyn, NY Coney Island Train Accident, Sep 1895



The Runaway Locomotive Dashed Into the Train of Crowded Cars, Plowing Its Way Through Four of Them -- Engineer and Fireman Arrested.

Brooklyn, Sept. 3 -- An accident occurred near the Woodlawn station of the Sea Beach railroad. While train No. 8, drawing 17 cars, which were crowded almost to suffocation by excursionists, was standing at the Woodlawn station a wildcat engine came thundering along the tracks in its wake and crashed into the rear car, telescoping it.
The car was full of passengers, most of whom came from New York. Many people saw the engine come tearing along and jumped from the train and thus saved their lives. The great majority of the passengers were on board at the time, among them a number of women and children.
A colored porter yelled to the passengers to jump. The runaway engine dashed into the rear car, smashing it into kindling wood and burying men, women and children beneath it. There was a mad rush of surging humanity from the train. The groans of the injured filled the air.
Patrolman KELLY, who was on duty at the station, turned in several ambulance calls, and five ambulances from the surrounding hospitals promptly responded. In the meantime the woodwork of the wrecked carriage caught fire and was soon in a blaze.
Four cars were completely destroyed before the trainhands were able to uncouple them. As soon as it was detached the engine drew the other cars out of danger. Four cars were telescoped by the force of the collision.
Shifting Engine Ran Away.
Engine No. 6, which caused the disaster, was used for shunting trains at the Sixty-fifth street and Third avenue depot of the Sea Beach railroad. It became unmanageable and dashed forward, throwing the eingneer and fireman from the cab, it was stated. It dashed along the track at a high rate of speed.
Engine No. 3 was in charge of Engineer WILLIAM MULLER and Fireman HARRY JANSEN. They were on their way to Coney Island. CHARLES PETIT was the conductor. No one was killed outright, but half a hundred people were injured.
Of the number injured 32 were taken to the Norwegian hospital, four to the Seney hospital and two to St. John's hospital. At the various hospitals it was said that some of the injured would die.
The police authorities, who have Engineer FRANK JASEN and Fireman ARTHUR ROSS of the runaway engine under arrest, gave out a statement in regard to the accident. According to this statement, engine No. 6 while shunting on the track was in danger while going backward, of collision with another engine.
The engineer, thinking it impossible to avoid this collision, reversed the lever and jumped from the train followed by his fireman. The engine, however, jumped forward almost immediately and started down the track at a terrific rate of speed, resulting in the disaster to the train.
List of the Injured.
The injured were:
JACOB ROME, 356 Elm street, New York.
ABRAHAM LEVI, 75 Sheriff street, New York.
JOHN BLAKE, Navesink, N. J.
WILLIAM GREGORY, 12 Harrison street, Jersey City.
LIZZIE WEBB, 348 East Sixtieth street, New York.
AUGUSTUS SUDDSTRONG, 40 East Thirty-first street, New York, severely injured.
MORITZ FRANKEL, 193 Stanton street, New York, internal injuries.
JOSEPH ROEMAN, 105 Goerck street, New York, internal injuries.
LOUIS HELD, 74 Stanton street, New York, severely injured.
JOSEPH FRIEDMAN, 105 Goerck street, New York.
WILLIAM N. KEMP, 125 Summit street, New York, internal injuries.
JOSEPH LEIVVENSON, 105 Tenth avenue, New York, cuts and bruises.
C. LINGERMAN, 197 Madison street, New York.
MRS. ALEXANDER BEARLAY, 400 East Seventieth street, New York.
JOSEPH SEVESTEN, 50 Attorney street, New York.
GEORGE HOLLAND, 380 Second avenue, New York.
JOSEPH McCUE, 234 East Twenty-fifth street, New York.
WILLIAM W. KEMP, Chestnut avenue, Jersey City.
ELIZABETH KING, 127 Jackson street, Newark, N. J.
MISS LAURA KING, 127 Jackson street, Newark, N. J.
WILLIAM K. TIONEER, 67 Thomas street, Jersey City.
JOHN LANAHAN, 338 East Eighty-first street, New York.
JENNIE AHREN, 541 East Seventy-second street, New York.
MRS. THOMAS McGRATH, 440 East Forty-seventh street, New York.
FRANK DUFFY, 15 East One Hundred and Tenth street, New York.
PATRICK MATTHEWS, 113 Adams street, Newark, N. J.
HARRY L. KAFFABAUM, 875 East Eighth street, New York.
AUGUST MIELING, 95 Clinton street, Jersey City.
REV. JOHN EDWARDS, Arlington, N. J.
CHARLES H. WOODS, wife and child, 308 Third avenue, New York.
MISS L. MONTCLAIR, 183 West One Hundred and Thirtieth street, New York.
ALBERT EMMETT FOSTELL, 1606 Third avenue, New York.
EDWARD H. FRIELAND, 50 Liberty street, Newark, N. J.
JOSEPH HISEFTIEN, Carney, N. J., leg smashed and internally injured; will die.
AUGUSTUS GRAY, 227 Avenue B, New York, internally injured; will die.
AUGUSTUS MILLING, 90 Clinton street, New York, internally injured.
EMIL SETITK, 228 East Seventy-third street, New York.
HENRY KAUGER, 811 East Seventy-third street, New York.
C. H. MERCHANT, 118 West Twelfth street, New York.
NELLIE BURTENTEN, 122 West Eleventh street, New York.
JOHN JOEPLE, 542 Mulberry street, New York.
KATIE FRANKLIN, 176 Stanton street, New York.
JOSEPH FINK, 427 Fourteenth street, New York, leg broken and severely injured internally.
MAGGIE WALSH, 171 Eighth avenue, New York.
ALLISON COSCOEYNAN, 71 Union street, Newark, N. J.
Several of the injured ones boarded other trains and went home, but those who sustained severe injuries were taken to the Norwegian hospital.

Ticonderoga Sentinel New York 1895-09-05