Des Rivieres, QB Train Wreck, Apr 1892



ST. ALBANS, Vt., April 24.----The locomotive attached to a south-bound cattle train on the Central Vermont Railroad plunged into the river from an iron bridge at Des Rivieres, Province of Quebec, twenty-seven miles north of St. Albans, Vt., at 2 o'clock this morning. Brakeman George Jelly was killed, Engineer Henry Babcock fractured his thigh, and Fireman James Minehan was severely bruised.

When within about thirty feet of the bridge, the engineer noticed an obstruction on the track, the nature of which was indistinguishable in the darkness. He promptly applied the air brakes, but it was too late. The locomotive was thrown from the track with such force as to sever the lateral braces of the bridge, causing the flooring to give way, precipitation engine and tender into the river. The train did not follow, the forward car hanging over the edge of the embankment. The water was low and the engineer and fireman managed to crawl out with difficulty.

Brakeman Jelly was on the engine and was buried in the coal from the tender and drowned. He leaves a wife in St. Albans. The wounded were brought to this place. The cattle train was in two sections, the first of which cleared the bridge safely about an hour before the wreck. Trains will be passing again to-morrow.

The New York Times, New York, NY 25 Apr 1892