Yorkville, NY Train Wreck, Feb 1860

Feb 1, 1860

SERIOUS ACCIDENT IN A RAILROAD-TUNNEL.-SEVERAL PERSONS INJURED.-This day a serious accident occurred in the Yorkville tunnel, on the Harlem & New Haven Railroad. It appears that the early train from White Plains, and the Stamford train, bound to New York, are generally crowded with merchants doing business in the city but living out of town. They follow close together; but unfortunately the White Plains train suddenly stopped in the tunnel, when the other, owing to the darkness, ran into it.

The collision was as sudden as it was unexpected. An immediate panic followed. Male passengers darted wildly for the doors and windows. The ladies screamed. The darkness of the tunnel, from the dense smoke filing it, intensified the excitement and consternation. A variety of conjectures followed the collision. The leading belief was that a terrible accident had occurred and that many had been killed. As quickly as possible the extent of the damage was ascertained. The two trains were got out of the tunnel into daylight. The foremost and fortunate discovery was that no one had been killed. Over fifty were found to be bruised, however, the injuries of some being serious. Those injured received their bruises mainly by being thrown violently from their seats and in the rough-and-tumble scramble to get out of the cars.

MR. WILLIAM PALMER, of White Plains, was picked up insensible. He soon rallied under proper treatment, and was sent to his home on the return-train. His injuries are mainly internal. MRS. ELIJAH BRADFORD, also of White Plains, had three of her ribs broken and was otherwise injured. The collision threw her from her seat into the middle aisle when several stepped upon her. MR. JAMES FOX, of the Manhattan Gas-Works, was also thrown into the aisle, and narrowly escaped the fate of MRS. BRADFORD. The engine of the New Haven train was disabled by the accident. Only the platform of the rear car of the Harlem train was demolished.

Vincent's Semi-annual United States Register, Jan-Jun 1860 pages 79-80