Bennington, VT Trains Collide Head On, Sept 1912

Bennington, VT Train Wreck, Sept 1912





Passenger Coaches Telescoped by Head-On Collision With Milk Train -- Pittsfield Man Hurt.

Two persons were killed, another probably fatally injured and nearly a score less seriously hurt last night when a passenger train on the Rutland railroad, bound for Troy, N. Y., collided head-on with a heavy milk train a mile outside the station at Bennington, Vt.  Both engines were wrecked and two cars of the passenger train were telescoped.  The milk train bound from Rutland for New York city, was an hour behind time and was running at good speed, but the passenger train having just left the station had not gained much headway when the collision occurred.

The Dead.

ARCHIE GOKAY, 80, of Rutland, engineer of the passenger train.

DEAN DENSMORE, 22, of Troy, N. Y., fireman of the passenger train.

The Injured.

Charles Waddell of Rutland, engineer of the milk train, concussion of the brain, a fractured jaw, and other injuries; condition critical.

James H. Shufelt, conductor of the passenger train, injuries to the chest, face and arms.

Thomas Slattery, passenger trainman, shoulder broke and numerous cuts and bruises.

William Whittaker, fireman of the milk train, cuts and bruises.

Franco Purcell of Troy, N. Y., passenger, head cut.

Antonio Giovani of North Bennington, injuries about the head and face.

Harry Robar of Bennington, injuries to head and shoulders.

Lewis Horton of Albany, N. Y., back hurt.

Edward Collins of South Shaftsbury, internal injuries, possibly fatal.

William Lander of Pittsfield, cuts and bruises.

Charles Stovell of New York, cuts and bruises.

Nearly all of the passengers on the train were more or less injured, but the coaches were not crowded.  Preparations were made to carry the injured to Troy N. Y. by special train, there being no hospital available at Bennington.  The milk train carried a passenger coach on the rear, but the occupants escaped with a slight shaking up.  No attempt had been made last night to fix responsibility for the accident.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 8 Sept 1912