Bethlehem, PA Train Wreck, Sept 1926

NINE DEAD, 23 HURT, AS FAST TRAINS CRASH AT BETHLEHEM CROSSING.

Jersey Central Limited Smashes Into Lehigh Valley Cars, Imprisoning Sleeping Passengers in Wreckage of Steel Coaches - Accident Occurs at 6 O'clock This Morning.

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Sept. 27 - (U.P.) -- Caught in the wreckage of a steel coach which crumpled when a speeding train crashed into its side, nine persons were killed and 23 injured here toady.
Five of the dead were unidentified this afternoon.
The wreck occurred just outside the Bethlehem Union Station at 5:45 A. M., when a Buffalo to New York express of the Lehigh Valley Railroad was struck by the Scranton flier on the Central Railroad of New Jersey. The two lines cross near the station.
The big engine of the Jersey Central train plowed into the third coach of the Lehigh Valley express and crushed it. The other cars remained on the track and all the dead and injured were in the car struck.
The accident occurred in full view of passengers at the station waiting to board the Lehigh Valley train there.

THE DEAD.
HUGH McGEE, 60, Allentown, brakeman Lehigh Valley train, crushed.
GEORGE GEVENTHOR, New Haven, Conn.
DAVID BAUM, Wilkes-Barre.
JAMES SHOVELIN, of Ingersoll-Rand Company, address unknown.
Five Unidentified.

THE INJURED.
HENRY SCHMIDT, engineer C. R. R. of N. J. train, broken arm.
LOUIS C. BAER, Lehighton.
GEORGE ENGLER, 59, Wilkes-Barre.
THOMAS W. MEZANERSKI, Erie.
HENRY BOSTA, Parsons, Pa.
JOHN BOSTA, Parsons, Pa.
HENRY R. DILEY, Allentown.
DANIEL MAGUIRE, Allentown.
ABRAHAM BEKLOFF, Allentown.
A. CHARLES LANDIS, Newport, Pa.
GEORGE FELL, Allentown.
HENRY ROESSLER, Allentown.
Eleven injured in hospital unidentified.

The wreck occurred at 6 A. M. The Lehigh Valley train, an express from Buffalo to New York, was pulling into the station. How the signals failed to stop the other train has not been learned, but the Jersey Central train, an express from Binghamton, N. Y., to Philadelphia, tore into the center of the Lehigh train where the tracks cross at right angles.
The locomotive of the Jersey Central train was derailed and thrown on an embankment. The cars did not overturn.
All the injured or dead passengers were on the Lehigh Valley train. A day coach, the diner and three Pullmans were overturned and the steel coaches buckled, imprisoning the passengers. Some were able to escape through broken windows, but others were pinned in the wreckage, or trapped by the wedged framework of the coaches.
The wreck occurred just outside the station here and rescue workers were on the scene in a few minutes.
Those imprisoned were in the coach which was struck full in the side by the oncoming locomotive. It was knocked off the tracks into a jumble of twisted steel.
One body recovered was identified as HUGH McGEE, 33, a trainman on the Lehigh Valley Limited. The engine of the Lehigh Valley train was swept off the tracks with the wrecked coaches and overturned.
All tracks leading into the Union Station here were blocked by the wreckage.

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 - (U.P.) -- Nine persons were killed and forty injured in the wreck of a Lehigh Valley passenger train at Bethlehem, Pa., early today, the Lehigh Valley Railroad announced in an official statement from its general offices here.
Eight of the dead were passengers and the other a trainman, the statement said.
The statement said all the passengers were in one coach, struck and overturned by the locomotive of a Central Railroad of New Jersey train where the two lines cross at Bethlehem. The statement laid the blame for the accident on the Jersey Central train.

Chester Times Pennsylvania 1926-09-27