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Scrubgrass, PA Train Accident, Jan 1873

DEATH ON THE RAIL !!

TERRIBLE DISASTER ON THE ALLEGHENY VALLEY RAILWAY.

A SLEEPING COACH PRECIPITATED INTO THE ALLEGHENY RIVER.

TWO MEN KILLED !

SUPERINTENDENT HEPBURN, CONDUCTOR CORNELL AND OTHERS INJURED.

PROMINENT OIL CITY MEN BADLY HURT.

Yesterday afternoon our citizens were shocked by the report that a terrible accident had occurred on the Allegheny Valley Railroad. The first rumor said that a car filled with passengers had been precipitated into the river, and that the entire number were killed by violence or drowned.
Owing to the frequency of railroad accidents of late, and the vivid remembrance of the recent holocaust at Prospect, the minds of the people were prepared to accept any statement, no matter how improbable it might be.
Although not as serious as first reported, the disaster may be classed among the leading ones of the terrible list.
The first authentic report was furnished by one Oil City reporter, and is as follows:

[Special Dispatch to the Herald]
Oil City, January 17.
An accident on the Allegheny Valley railroad occurred at twelve o'clock today at a point four miles above Scrubgrass. A sleeping car jumped the track and rolled over into the river.
MR. GEORGE RIDER, of Pittsburgh, was killed.
JOSEPH ROSS, Prothonotary of Pittsburgh, was severely injured.
JOHN S. RICH, Oil City, seriously injured.
HENRY FISHER, Oil City, seriously injured.
C. J. HEPBURN, Superintendent of the Oil Creek & Allegheny River railway was slightly injured.
CHARLES CORNELL, conductor, was badly hurt.
Two persons, whose names are yet unknown, were also hurt.

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