Beaver Falls, PA Train Wreck, Apr 1891


ON THE P. & L. E. R. R.

One man killed and four others badly injured - A train crowded with laborers runs into a freight - A brakeman said to have given the wrong signal - the killed and injured.

BEAVER FALLS, PA, April 25, - a serious accident occurred on the Pittsburg and Lake Erie railroad, between Rock Point and Homewood, in which one man was killed and four men badly hurt. Freight train No. 42 was running west at a fair rate of speed, and upon turning one of the sharp curves near Rock Point the engineer saw the construction train standing on the track only a short distance away. He hurriedly gave the danger signal and whistled down the brakes, but before the speed of the train could be checked in crashed into the working train, demolishing the cars and causing the loss of life. The construction train has been stationed near Rock Point for some time, and the men had just boarded the train to move to another place. Consequently the cars were crowded with workmen, and it was a wonder that more were not killed. As it was many of the laborers discovered the approach of the freight train in time to jump from the cars, and they escaped uninjured.

Caused by a Mistake.

It is said that a flagman had been sent out to signal the freight train and he made a mistake in indicating the position of the construction. However this could not be fully verified, as

The Salem Daily News, Salem, OH 25 Apr 1891