Sheridan, PA Oil Car Explosions in Railroad Yards, May 1902

Oil Car Collision Near Pittsburg the Cause
The Accident Occurs in the Pan Handle
Railroad Yards — Houses Wrecked by Gas Main Igniting
Special to The New York Times

PITTSBURG, Penn., May 12 — Four distinct explosions wrought ruin in the Chartiers Valley this evening. It is estimated 25 persons are dead and between 100 and 150 are burned, many of whom will die. The first explosion occurred in the Sheriden yards of the Pan Handle Railroad, about five miles from the Union Station in this city. Switchmen were shifting a train of cars, to which were attached two cars of refined oil and one of Naphtha. The Pan Handle Railroad Company has thirty-six tracks through Sheridan and has succeeded in keeping communication open.

The property loss will amount to at least $600,000. The following is a corrected list of dead so far obtainable:
BORT, DALLAS, twenty-eight years old, of Sheraden; died at Mercy Hospital.
DOUDS, died at Mercy Hospital.
FINEH, TY, aged forty years, Sistersville, West Va.; died at Mercy Hospital.
HERTIG, CHARLES, Chestnut Mines; died at Mercy Hospital.
HUNTER. G. H., twenty-eight years old, leaves widow and five children, G.T. Sheridan; died at Mercy Hospital.
McEEAN, ALBERT, brakeman. Sheraden.
SMITH. DAVID, nine years old, of Shertden, died at Alleghany General Hospital.
SMITKLEY, H. F.. TJhrlchville, Ohio; died at Mercy Hospital.
SWAN. JOHN, bra&eman, Sheraden.
TAYLOR, W. W.. twenty-seven years old. of Miller's Station; died at Mercy Hospital.
UNKNOWN white man. about forty years old, five feet nine Inches tall, weighing about 175 pounds; taken to McDermofs undertaking rooms.
UNKNOWN BOY, about fourteen years old; died on way to Allegheny General Hospital.
WRIGHT, W. H., twenty-she years old. a carpenter of Sheraden; died at Mercy Hospital.

The injured are:
BAGGS, DORSET, aged nineteen years, Esplen; burned on face and hands.
CONNTDI, FICK, aged forty-three, grocer, Cecil, Penn.; badly burned all over.
DENZINE, HENRY, of Allegheny; burned head, hands, and feet.
DOUGLASS, WILLIAM, hands and face burned.
DOUGLASS, Mrs. MYRTLE, Esplen; burned from head to foot.
EATINGS. Carl, of Tipton. Terra.; badly burned about head.
MRS. SEYMOUR'S DAUGHTER, aged twenty years; burned all over body; not expected to live.
KASEY, SAMUEL, Captain No. 6 Volunteer Hose Company, McKee's Rocks; badly burned about face.
BIEMER, JOSEPH, Sraddock; eye blown out.
SEYMOUR, Mrs., Cork Ran; burned all over body; not expected to live.
SEYMOUR, SADIE, deaf mute, aged twenty three; burned and Injured in panic.
STRASSE, "BUZ," aged ten years, Esplen; face and hands burned.