Locust Gap Train Crash

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Locust Gap Train Crash - —Between 10 and 11 o'clock Sat* urday night a...
—Between 10 and 11 o'clock Sat* urday night a terrible accident occur- ed on the Philadelphia & Heading Kailrood between Monnt Carmel and Locust Gap. A freight train consisting consisting of seventy five care, bound for Williamsport, became disconnected by the breaking of a coupling and the engine engine and three cars ran half a mile before before the crew discovered that the train was divided. The first section awaited the arrival of the second at the foot of a heavy grade, and the two brakemen losing control of the second section, dashed into the first section, causing an explosion in the third car, which was loadened with Dnpont powder. At the scene of the accident the railroad runs along a steep hill, at the bottom of which etood two rows of houses occnpied by Philadelphia & Beading Coal and Iron Company employes. On the hillside stood a little cottage occupied by John Quinn and family, four children—two beys and two girls. The force of the explosion explosion wrecked the building, and the stove set fire to the ruins. Quinn with his two little girls were burned to ashes. The boys escaped with slight burns. Simon Eerwicks family consisting consisting of Mary and Willie Covernaugh, adopted children, aged eight and fourteen years; David Kerwick, aged eight years; Alice Kerwick, aged five years, and his wife and new born babe. Kerwick carried his wife from the burning building, but the children were burned to death. Thirty persons were injured. In all twelve cars were destroyed and seventeen houses with their furniture. furniture. All the windows in the Locust-Gap Locust-Gap Church and' school were broken and the door blown off. In Mt Carmel large store windows wer broken. The total loss is estimated $75,000.

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  1. The Indiana Weekly Messenger,
  2. 16 May 1888, Wed,
  3. Page 6

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