Hyde Park, NY Freight Trains Collide, Oct 1891



Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Oct. 10 -- Shortly after 6 o'clock this morning a heavy freight train of sixty cars left here going north on the Hudson River Railroad. The Poughkeepsie and Albany was freight left to go north at 6 A. M. Near Boorman's Bridge, a mile south of Hyde Park, the heavy freight train broke in two. Before the way freight train could be signaled it dashed into the rear of the broken train. The engine was demolished and six cars were thrown from the track.
GEORGE MUNGER, the engineer of the way freight, and ARTHUR SMALL, the fireman, both jumped before the collision occurred. SMALL was instantly killed and MUNGER was badly hurt about the arm and head, but not fatally. He was able to move about. DANIEL CROCKWELL, a brakeman on the way freight, was caught in the crash and instantly killed, and another brakeman on the heavy freight was also killed. His name could not be ascertained. He was an Englishman and a new hand. His family was expected to arrive in New York from England this morning.
The flagman near Boorman's Bridge says he saw the train break in two, but did not have time to set the danger signal before the way freight came up. He did, however, stop the fast mail train coming north. The caboose and another car of the way freight were burned and a carload of coal was hurled into the river. Six cars in all were thrown from the track. Both tracks were obstructed for three hours, when a single track was obtained and now all trains are running regularly again. The bodies of the killed were brought here. SMALL resided here. MUNGER is also a resident of this city. CROCKWELL was a single man, and his parents live at Red Hook.

The New York Times New York 1891-10-11