Blodgetts Mills, NY Train Wreck, Sept 1897


Vestibule Train on the D. L. and W. Railroad Runs Off the Track---1 Killed and 15 Injured.

COURTLAND, N. Y., Sept. 2.---Train No. 4, the south-bound vestibule train on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, was wrecked at Blodgett's Mills at 10:15 o'clock this morning. The train consisted of an express car, a combination baggage and smoking car, a day coach, ad a Pullman, a parlor car. The train, which does not stop at Blodgett's Mills, was passing at the rate of forty-five miles an hour on a straight track. When about 500 feet north of the station the rear truck of the day coach in some unexplained manner became detached and left the rails. This truck knocked all of the trucks from under the parlor car, which, after being dragged a few rods, was turned on its side in a four-foot ditch. The rest of the train was dragged 450 feet further, and thrown against the icehouse of the milk station, after which it struck the passenger station, knocking it from its foundation. When the engineer finally succeeded in stopping the train, it was found that Mrs. J. H. McQuillen of Overbrook, Penn., a suburb of Philadelphia, had been killed and a number of others injured. Messengers were sent to Cortland for physicians, who went to the scene of the wreck by special train. The injured are Mrs. H. S. Carter, John Carter, her son, and Mrs. E. F. Downing, of New York; the Rev. J. J. Higgins of Binghamton, A. D. Wallace and Miss Maude Graham of Cortland, Mrs. H. A. Connell of Scranton, Penn., daughters of Mrs. Connell; Miss J. J. Rogers of Wilkesbarre, Penn., Miss M. Spellman of Oswego, A. H. Schwarz, Superintendent of the Syracuse and Binghamton Division of the Lackawanna Railroad; Violet Heiman and Leman Nell of Philadelphia, and H. R. Hemerle porter of the Pullman car. None of those injured will die.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Sept 1897