Merritton, NY Railroad Accident, Dec 1888


Lockport, N. Y., Dec. 3. -- Shortly before 1 o'clock this morning a terrible collision occurred on the Grand Trunk Railroad at Merritton, nine miles from Niagara Falls. A freight train standing on a spur was run into by a loaded coal train from Fort Erie bound for Hamilton. Cars were piled up for a distance of 200 yards. JAMES WILLIAMS, the driver of Engine No. 742, on the coal train, and MICHAEL SHERRY, his fireman, borth residents of Niagara Falls, were killed outright. GEORGE MILLAN, a brakeman on the same train, was also killed.
FRED KING, driver of Engine No. 766, on the freight, was found under the wreck of his engine with his scalp terribly cut and suffering from internal injuries. He was insensible when found. ROBERT LAURIE, his fireman, escaped uninjured, as did the other members of the crews of both trains.
The officials would divulge only meagre details. The bodies of the unfortunate men were picked up and left at the station to await the action of the Coroner.

The New York Times New York 1888-12-04