Olean, NY Train Wreck & Oil Tank Explosion, Mar 1903 - Explosion Follows Wreck

EXPLOSION FOLLOWS WRECK

Olean, N. Y. Scene of Double Disaster that Kills and Injures Many.

Olean, N. Y., March 10 – From eighteen to twenty lives were lost and fully twice that number of people burned or bruised by an explosion of oil late last night following a wreck on the Erie railroad north of this city.

Owing to the fact that some bodies were incinerated in the fierce flames or blown into the creek by the fierce explosion the exact number of dead will probably not be known for several days.

The number of injured is also uncertain, as many of them were able to reach their homes and received treatment there.

The known casualties follow:

Dead:
NORMAN BROWN, JOHNNIE TOBIN, JOHN MCCREADY, JOHN MCMAHON, all boys about 16 years of age.
M. V. DRISCOLL.
WALTER SWIFT.
JOHN STEMLINGER.
HARRY GODDEN.
RICHARD CONNELL.
Six unidentified bodies.
A boy blown into Olean creek and drowned.
Two or more unknown persons, whose bodies were incinerated in the burned wreckage.

Seriously injured:
JAMES MCDONALD.
RICHARD MCDONALD.
JAMES MCCREADY.
WILLIAM JACKSON.
Son of Yardmaster SULLIVAN.
GLEN COLE.
Two BLACKWELL boys.
BERT MILLER.

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