Shorts Mills, PA Train Runs into Log on the Track, Jul 1899

FIREMAN KILLED IN A WRECK

TRAVELERS ESCAPE

LOG ON THE TRACK THREW A TRAIN OFF NEAR CROYLAND

One Car Hung Over the Edge of an Embankment -- One Engineer Injured

Special to The Inquirer.

DUBOIS, Pa., July 17. -- One man is dead and one injured as the result of a wreck on the Ridgway and Clearfield branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Short's Mills, near Croyland, in Elk County, at 1 o'clock to-day.  The engine of the wrecked train lies in Toby Creek, and one of the passenger cars standing half way out across the embankment shows how near to death the passengers were.

The train was running late and running fast for that reason.  On rounding a curve at Short's Mills the engineer, James Walsh, saw ahead of him a large log which had rolled from the mountain side.  He reversed his engine and shouting a warning to his fireman, Michael Welch, they both jumped.  The engine and combination baggage and smoker left the track.  Walsh, the engineer, escaped with bad injuries, but the fireman, Welch, has his head crushed.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 18 Jul 1899