Carr's Rock, PA Erie Railroad Disaster, Apr 1868





Carr's Rock, Penn. -- Another railroad catastrophe, similar to, but more horrible if possible than that of the Lake Shore Line Road at Angola, which so startled the country a few weeks ago, occurred yesterday morning on the Erie Railroad, at a place called Carr's Rock, thirteen miles above Port Jervis, and about 100 miles from New York. The night express train which left Buffalo at 2:20 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, was thrown off the track about 8 o'clock yesterday morning at the place above mentioned, and four of the rear cars, two of which were sleeping cars, went over an embankment and rolled down the precipice, a distance of 80 feet or more. The accident occurred on a curve of the road which runs aong the edge of a cliff, the slope of which consists of jagged rocks, terminating at the bottom in a small stream that empties into the Delaware River. The cause of the accident is supposed to have been the breaking of a wheel, or of the journal of one of the cars. The train consisted of an engine tender, three sleeping cars, two first-class cars, one second-class and one postal car. The four rear cars went over the precipice, turning several somersets in the descent, and breaking to pieces before they reached the bottom. One of the sleeping cars took fire from the upsetting of the stove, and added greatly to the horror of the scene. Seven persons are supposed to have been consumed by fire in this car, and several others were rescued badly burned.
The passengers in the cars that remained on the track used the most strenuous exertions to rescue the sufferers, but owing to the darkness and the difficulty of reaching the foot of the precipice, it was some time before any assistance could be rendered. The dead bodies that were taken from the wreck were left for the time being on the ground, while all hands assisted in conveying the wounded to the care that were left in the train. This occupied several hours, and as there are no dwellings near the scene of the accident, the sufferers were obliged to be conveyed to Port Jervis before they could receive surgical aid.
The train reached Port Jervis at 9 o'clock, when the physicians of the place were summoned, and all the alleviation possible under the circumstances was rendered. MR. GUDD, the conductor in charge of the train, was in one of the cars that went over the embankment is among the injured. A gentlemen, who came over the road in the next train following the accident and who past Port Jervis at 12:30 o'clock states that the list of the dead numbered twenty-four at that time, and that several more were not expected to live. The following are the names of the killed and injured, so far as they have yet been made known.
EPHRAM HOYT and MRS. E. HOYT, Chenango Forks, New York.
FERDINAND SAUSS, Paris, France; Sixth Avenue and Twenty-Second Street, New York.
MARY E. COBB, Hornellsville, New York.
ENOS BLOSSOM, keeper of saloon, Susquehanna Depot, Penn.
THOMAS PURINTON, General Agent of the Guardian Mutual Life Insurance Company, No. 102 Broadway, New York.
ELIJAH KNAPP, Jamestown, New York.
MR. STRAUSS, Elmira, New York.
C. K. LOOMIS, Freight Agent Buffalo & Erie Railroad, Buffalo, New York.
ISAAC S. DUNBAR, Binghamton, New York.
H. B. CORWIN, supposed, from a receipt found on his person to be from Urbana, Ohio.
MRS. SNOW, Davenport, Iowa.
A 3-year-old girl the daughter of D. B. TISDELL of Ithaca, New York.
List of the Wounded:
The correct list of the wounded is:
G. P. ADAMS, Randolph, N.Y.; wounded in back.
MRS. NOBLE, wife of DANIEL NOBLE, of Elmira, N.Y.
MRS. C. GRAVES, of Waverly, slightly; gone home.
Capt. D. ARROWSMITH, No. 212 Pearl Street, New York, slightly.
GURNEY LAPHAM, editor of the Syracuse Courier.
G. N. NORTON, Salem, Wis.
S. P. SNOW, Davenport, Iowa, and seven children; wife killed.
S. B. FAIRMAN, editor of the Elmira Advertiser.
C. V. TIFFANY, Dansville, N.Y.
DR. WM. B. LINSLEY, No. 23 Lafayette Place.
A. E. BROWN, of same place.
S. COMSTOCK, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
A. L. OLIVER, from Cincinnati, baggage marked Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York.
N. GOODMAN, No. 64 Elicott Street, Buffalo, N. Y.
MAGGIE HOYT, Chenango Falls, N.Y., sightly injured; sister injured; father and mother killed.
JAMES R. HEENAN, Superintendent of the Commercial News Department Western Union Telegraph, Louisville, Ky.
GEORGE FOYE, a Frenchman.
GUSTAVE HARTMANN, porter of sleeping car.
J. T. JEWETT, No. 45 Elridge Street, New York.
AARON WOODROFF, Randolph, New York.
O. W. DOUGLAS, Superintendent of the Delaware Division.
STEPHEN SWEET, Middletown, N. Y.; taken home.
A. T. KINGSLEY, Scotland, Conn.
GEO. W. HARRIS, Cochrane, Ind.
A. PALMER, Ripley, New York.
J. S. RAINNEY, St. John, Michigan.
C. C. DONOHOE, Buffalo, N.Y.
M. A. RAY, Middletown, N.Y.
MRS. E. T. TISDELL, daughter killed, Ithaca, N. Y.
LEWIS ASHER and MRS. C. BEARDSLEY, both of New York.
ALVIN STURTEVANT, of the Binghamton Standard.
Conductor J. B. JUDD.
GEORGE FARNESS, Metropolitan Hotel, New York.
A. L. SMITH, Hornellsville, N.Y. and MRS. REYNOLDS, of same.
P. REICHSON, New York.
MR. TRYAN, Leroy, N.Y.
JACOB FLOYD, Waverly, N. Y.
I just learned that MRS. JOHN DECKERS is among the burned, dead.

New York Times New York 1868-04-16


Passenger G.N. Norton

G.N. Norton of Salem, Wisconsin should read: T.N. Horton of West Salem, WI (or La Crosse, WI).
Townsend Nicholas Horton was my Great Grandfather. He was fatally wounded and "Lived until his wife reached his side" - which I don't know if true or not. What is true is that he died, is buried in West Salem, WI.
Linda Johnson