Starlight, NY Train Wreck, Dec 1901


A Tramp, Aged 13, Was Hanging to Tender of Ontario and Western Train.

Special to The New York Times.

GOSHEN, N. Y., Dec. 28.---In the Ontario and Western's disastrous wreck near Starlight on Friday, when four men were killed and an engine and forty-four loaded cars of coal were derailed and flung down an embankment. William Sawyer, a thirteen-year-old tramp, had a narrow escape from death. He was riding on the rear end of the tender, and was almost asleep when he was aroused suddenly by the swaying motion of the train as the engine dashed down the mountain. The tender was whirled far out and the boy's hold was broken. He was flung about fifty feet, but in some miraculous manner escaped injury. Tons of coal from the wrecked cars were piled up behind and almost over him.

The New York Times, New York, NY 29 Dec 1901