Lehigh Summit, PA Passenger Train And Coal Train Collision, Oct 1876

A FRIGHTFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT.

A PASSENGER TRAIN RUN INTO BY A COAL TRAIN BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK -- TWO PERSONS KILLED AND TWENTY-FIVE WOUNDED.

Scranton, Pa., October 31 -- A fearful accident occurred on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad last night, at a small station known as Lehigh Summit, on the Pocono Mountains, twenty miles from Scranton. The regular afternoon train to New York and Philadelphia, consisting of seventeen passenger coaches, drawn by three engines, had about twelve hundred passengers on board, principally bound for the Centinnial Exhibition.
The train was two hours behind time, and reaching the Summit shortly after 8 o'clock stopped to take water from the tank. While there a heavy coal train, drawn by three engines, ran into the rear of the passenger train, telescoping two of the cars through and through and breaking five others. The scenes that ensued were heartrending, although by a most miraculous circumstance the number of killed were but few.
The Scranton Republican this morning gives the following list of the dead and wounded:
Killed:
DEACON R. PIERCE, of Hamilton, N.Y.
JAMES BRAGG, of Utica, N.Y.
CORNELIUS GAY, of Preble, N.Y., died shortly afterwards.
Wounded:
TRUMAN SEYMOUR, of Rome, N.Y., fatally wounded.
LENA DOWALL, Hamilton County, N.Y., fatally wounded.
MRS. DUFFY, Hamilton County, N.Y., fatally wounded.
MRS. D. R. PIERCE, Hamilton County, N.Y., fatally wounded.
JOSEPH PARKER, of Hamilton County, N.Y., severely cut.
MRS. ABBOTT, of Hamilton County, N.Y., badly injured.
MRS. A. L. TUTTLE, of Columbus, N.Y., jaw broken and serious internal injury.
MRS. W. S. PARKER, of North Brookfield, Madison County, N.Y.
FRANK DUFFY, of Morrisonville, Madison County, N.Y.
EDWARD BRAINARD, Richfield Springs, N.Y.
ALBERT THOMAS, Shelburne, N.Y.
HUGH REILLY, Columbus, Chenango County, N.Y.
ENOS PARKER, Morrisonville, Madison County, N.Y.
MRS. D. L. NORTON, Columbus, Chenango County, N.Y.
MISS MAGGIE PERRY, Watertown, N.Y.
MRS. ARMOUR, Morrisonville, N.Y.
MR. ARMOUR, Morrisonville, N.Y., badly hurt.
J. R. SMITH, Greene County, N.Y.
E. JACKSON, Richfield Springs, N.Y.
MRS. LATIMER, Sodus, N.Y., severely injured.
Making in all two killed outright and twenty-five severely injured.
The wounded were conveyed to the Gouldsborough Hotel, where a corps of surgeons from Scranton attended their injuries.
MR. SEYMOUR, MR. GAY, MRS. DOWELL and MRS. PIERCE are not expected to recover.
A passenger car caught fire in the wreck, and was consumed upon the track.
The dead were conveyed to Scranton this morning at two o'clock.
The passengers on the wrecked train were transferred to a special train under the direction of Superintendent Halstead, and proceeded on their journey at midnight. The scenes and incidents connected with the collision are described as being heartrending in the extreme.

Brooklyn Eagle New York 1876-10-31