Lykens, PA Train-Milk Wagon Wreck, Jun 1913

Shifting Engine Hits Milk Wagon

Ugly Accident is Narrowly Averted at Lykens Yesterday

Father and Son Hurt

Special Dispatch to The Patriot
Lykens, June 8.-This morning while the “shifter: on the Pennsylvania Railroad was shifting some freight cars at the crossing at the east side of town the horses of Dairyman George H. Burnett became frightened and Mr. Burrell and his son narrowly escaped with their lives. This point is dangerous and many persons have experienced narrow escapes but this particular accident is the most serious that ever occurred at this crossing.

The “shifter” has been in the habit of making “flying switches,” and was in the act of making one when the accident happened. Burrell was driving along the railroad from Wisconsin to Lykens when the conductor of the crew signaled the engineer to place the freight car on the side track. The noise of the escaping steam frightened the horses to such an extent that they became unmanageable. At this time there was a funeral passing over the crossing and the last person wasn’t more than fifteen yards off of the track. In order to save the lives of some of the people in the funeral procession the driver of the team was compelled to turn the horses towards the railroad instead of into the fence along the street. The watchman at the crossing did all in his power to stop both the team and the engine had too much speed to be stopped in time to avoid the accident and the team was not under control.

The engine struck the wagon near its middle and lifted it into the air throwing it fully thirty feet from the crossing. The father and son were badly injured and one of the horses was so badly cut that he had to be shot.

Patriot, Harrisburg, PA 9 Jun 1913