Dauphin Narrows, PA Terrible Railroad Accident, Aug 1869


Harrisburg, Aug. 16.
A terrible accident happened Saturday morning at four o'clock on the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad. The Buffalo Express of the Northern Central Railroad left here at 3:45, and when at Dauphin Narrows struck a rock three feet in diameter and 1,500 pounds in weight, which had rolled down the mountainside. The rock dragged with the train thirty feet, when the engine left the track and shot over a stone wall fifteen feet high into a country road and thence through another stone wall into the Pennsylvania Canal. The engine and tender and three express cars, loaded principally with peaches, were mashed to atoms. One passenger car, well filled with passengers, was jammed into the wreck, but no passengers were killed, although some were slightly injured.
Only two persons were killed. CHARLES W. STEWART, of Baltimore, engineer, and JACOB CRISSMAN, of Reading, fireman, who was terribly mutilated and blackened. The baggage master, whose car went into the canal, was only slightly bruised, went on with a new train. The engineer died one hour after the accident, after suffering excrutiating pain. The fireman was killed instantly. The coroner's jury rendered a verdict attaching no blame to the Northern Central Railroad or its employees, they having but paid for the right of way over the road, but censuring severely the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Co., for not having watchmen at that point, which has long been considered one of the most dangerous on the road, owing to overhanging rocks. The damage to the express company is large.

The Petroleum Centre Daily Record Pennsylvania 1869-08-16