Halcottville, NY Train Wreck, Aug 1911


Rip Van Winkle Flyer in Head-On Collision---Several Hurt.

Special to The New York Times.

HALCOTTVILLE, N. Y., Aug. 31.---The Rip Van Winkle flier, the fastest train that runs into the Catskills, met the biweekly Ulster & Delaware train one mile west of here at 6 P. M. in a head-on collision in which one man was instantly killed and several were injured. The man killed was Theodore Simmons of Kingston, a trainman on the pay car.

The injured were Walter Harrington, hurt about the head; Engineer Sherman, 60 years old, of the flyer, who has a fractured right ankle and is badly bruised and Paymaster Van Etten, badly bruised. A number of passengers were injured by being thrown from their seats, but none of the injuries was serious.

The two engines telescoped each other and the baggage car on the passenger train was telescoped also. The passenger cars remained on the track.

The pay train came around a sharp curve at the scene of the accident, and both trains tried in vain to stop. A farmer in a field nearby says that the engines reared ten feet in the air when they struck. Dr. Gual of Halcottville passed the scene of the accident shortly after it happened and cared for the injured.

The wreck is said to be the result of a misunderstanding of orders as the passenger train should have stopped at Halcottville. Most of to-day's passengers on the flier got off east of the scene of the accident. Both engineers jumped after they applied the emergency brakes.

The New York Times, New York, NY 1 Sept 1911