Talmadge, OH Train Wreck, Jan 1889 - Serious Wreck


A Bad Collision on the New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio.

Eight Persons Killed and a Dozen or More Injured -- Several of the Victims Cremated in Burning Passenger Coaches.

CLEVELAND, O., Jan. 15, --- A frightful wreck occurred on the New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio railroad, near Tallmadge, O., at half-past two o'clock yesterday morning, an east-bound passenger train coliding [sic] with one section of a frieght [sic] train which had broken in two. Eight persons were killed and a dozen injured. The list is as follows:

ROBERT HUNTINGTON, of Galion, O.; passenger engineer.
WILLIAM WALTERS, of Galion; passenger fireman.
J. F. RUSHFORD, of Galion; freight brakeman.
WILLIAM LUNDY, of Salamanca, N. Y.; Wells, Fargo & Co's. Express messenger.
MARY ANN LYON, of Idaho, aged six; ticketed, second class, to Cherry Creek, N. Y.

DAVID THOMAS, of Galion, baggage master; badly injured – at first reported killed.
ROBERT OWEN, of Kent, newsboy; one shoulder dislocated, and bad cuts and bruises.
SAM DOUGLASS, engineer, of Galion, traveling in passenger coach; leg and head cut, and bruised and burned about the abdomen.
JAMES BOYD, of Patterson, N. J., severely hurt on head and back.
GEORGE SHAW, of Galion, freight breakman; cut and bruised.
THOMAS FAIRFAX, colored, of Cleveland; leg broken in two places below the knee, and bad cuts on head.

Other passengers, whose names were not learned received slight injuries.

The freight train had broken in two and the crew resorted to the common expedient of “doubling” the grade. The flagman who had been sent to guard the rear section misunderstood the signals and came in before the track was clear. The freight had barely got under motion when the express came along. The passenger engine was crushed into bits and Engineer HUNTINGTON and Fireman WALTERS were terribly crushed.

A combination baggage and smoking car and a coach took fire immediately after the crash. In the smoker were eight Chinamen. Five were pulled out alive, but half-dead from freight. Three were never seen after the collision. Bones and bits of charred flesh gathered up in a bag were all that were found of them.

A most pathetic scene attended the death of little MARY LYON. She was an orphan, and was being sent through to relatives in Cherry Creek, N. Y. EDWARD PELTZER, a passenger in one of the sleepers, took much interest in the little girl, and when the crash came his first thought was of her. He found her wedged down by a seat, the flames already surrounding her. This so unnerved MR. PELTZER that he threw himself upon the ground and sobbed.

Another eye-witness says that the little girl, whose shrieks were heart-rending, released herself just before the fire got to her, and for a moment groped wildly about, then fell over, choked by smoke, the flames quickly coming up to complete the dreadful work.

The passengers in the sleepers were hardly aroused by the concussion. The track was not cleared until one o'clock in the afternoon.

The Rolla New Era Missouri 1889-01-19