Utica, NY Train Derailment North Of Town, Sep 1851


From The Utica Gazette, of Friday, Sept. 26.
The express train, which left here for the West, at 10 1/2 yesterday morning, met with an accident when about three miles above this city, directly opposite Yorkville. The middle shaft of the tender, attached to the engine, broke, and dragged on the track for over a quarter of a mile, before it stopped the train, which it did by throwing four of the passenger cars off the track, leaving two passenger cars, baggage car and engine on the track. One of the cars was thrown down an embankment of about ten feet into a pool of water, where it now lies bottom side up. Nearly all the iron works around the cars are injured, but not much of the wood work. An express was immediately sent back to the city, and another engine was dispatched, with extra cars, which took those of the passengers who were not hurt on West, while a second engine brought those who were wounded back to the city.
Among those injured and who were brought back, are MR. A. M. WOODFORD, of New Orleans, who is at the American Hotel; MR. BRADLEY, lady and child, of New Orleans, also at the American. MRS. BRADLEY is very badly bruised, and injured much more than any of the rest. MR. JAMES COATS, of England, at Bagg's Hotel; MR. JOHN JAMES and lady, of this city, who had their bruises dressed at Yorkville, and came back to the city in a privatge conveyance -- MR. and MRS. J. are not badly injured, MR. JAMES'S back was considerably hurt, the bruises on his wife are mostly about the face. MRS. CATHARINE HUTCHINSON, wife of MR. JAMES HUTCHINSON, auctioneer, formerly of this city, was severely injured, also one of her children.
MR. WOODFORD had at the time of the accident, the child of MR. BRADLEY in his arms holding it, which was thrown out of the car into the water, but MR. W., despite his bruises succeeded in saving it.
The Railroad Company have about fifty men at the scene of the accident, engaged in clearing away the track and getting the cars back. The track was torn up in several places.

The New York Times New York 1851-09-29