Pittsburgh, PA Train Wreck, Dec 1907


Day Coaches Pass Over Switch, but Big Sleepers Are Wrecked.

PITTSBURG, Pa., Dec. 5. -- The Atlantic express train No. 8, eastbound on the Pennsylvania railroad, was wrecked today a few minutes after it had left the union station. A majority of the passengers on two Pullman cars were injured, thirteen so seriously as to require medical attention.

The wreck was caused by either a frozen switch or a too hasty throwing of the switch, it is said, with the result that two Pullman cars were thrown from the tracks and were side-swiped by two express cars that were being shifted into the station.

The accident was a peculiar one and miraculously free from fatalities. The six day coaches of the train passed over the switch safely but the Geneva and Helvetia, two Pullman cars, were thrown from the track directly against the two express cars travelling west. The front part of the Helvetia was crushed and sustained damage. Every window in the Geneva was broken and the impact was so terrific as to throw all the passengers to the floor violently.

Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH 6 Dec 1907

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