Locust Gap Train Crash

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Locust Gap Train Crash - - , , DEADLY DYNAMITE.. Terrlfle Explosion at'...
- , , DEADLY DYNAMITE.. Terrlfle Explosion at' Locast Oap - Seven Killed and Many Injured. . ; A car load of dynamite in a freight train on. the Reading railr6od exploded at Locust Gap, Northumberland county, Pa., at a late htmr on Saturday night Tilling 7 people, wounding about 25 others and demolishing or damaging. 21 houses. - .The lift of dead includes one man and six children, among them three girls and ' an infant one day old. The injured include '10 women. " A "man named McClnre and wife, are it is thought fatally injured. , .. - The freight train"' had stopped' at Locust, Gap. When it started again it broke in two,. The first part waited for the dther'half to come up, which it did with ' unexpected .vio - ' leoce, and the occasion caused the explosion' of the dynamite and a quantity of Ipowder. The report and shock were terrific' " A number number of windows were shattered in Mt" Car - ' meV i$ miles away, artd' the report was distinctly distinctly heard in Shamokin, '6 miles distant - The scene of theaccident 'was at the" ex treme western end.'of Locust Gap,1 where the' road is about - 2, 000 feet above the' levet of the street and rnns alongside the .mountain. Betow the road - there is a street containing obo single and three double houses. Of these seven nothing how remains. They were completely completely thrown down Jby the exp'losion," and fire - did - the' rest , It was in these that all the deaths occurred. ; Mr. . and. Mrs. Kerwick, who" lost their three children, had a miraculous miraculous escape. - - The man - was blown ont of tl e window and only slkrhtlv ininred ' He then gdtiis sick wife but of the burning building, and afterward rescued several of his neighbors? neighbors? children which, - in his dazed condition, he - believed to be his own. ' - - ; ' ; ;About 100 yards - below these buildings there was another row of four double houses. These were demolished, but fire was arrested by the promptness of the tenants. Some 300 yards east stand 9 more houses. . While not entirely demolished, they show evidence of v. the destructive force - of the explosion. Boards are torn out roofs caved in, and the interiors are simply masses' of - wrecked fur - nit"J' v ; t 1 - - ' - : c - :: : 1 be wrecked train was freighted with sewing sewing machiuesTglass," phosphate, oil, lumber,: flour and sheet - iron. . - Within a radiui: of sixty feet there is "a "perfect Jitter of these goods, all. broken "and mixed up, Trees near the train were "uprooted, while one large tree was blown on top" of a freight car. Beneath the wrecked tfajn'4tfierg js a large, hole about 1 5 feet in. dlameter,"the work of, the ; dynamite. dynamite. Noiie o'f the, train bauds were injured, although ondfsVsaid "to bare been blown a considerable "distance. '.' - . . - . - - ; f The sufferers were soon" supplied with all the help that. willins hands could crivcaa shortly, after the" explosion large numbers of people were on the scene. . Locust Gap is a town of about 2,000 inhabitants. A subscription subscription list has Been" started in, Shamokin audjhe neighboring towns. 'A 'number of the; - ouutlfid have' been taken to the Miners' hospital. ' . ' ... . . . ' - " . ; . y '."

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 07 May 1888, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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