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12 PAGES. THE NW-YOBK TIMES PPBIISHDTO 00. PEI0B THREE CENTS. j . Oat- car- ex- n en- re-markaibly to of on to a of to of to dls-tlnaulahlns- NIKE MET DEATH IN THE FOG EEEIBLE EEAE ESD 0EASH HA0XE58A0K MEADOWS. ON THIRTT-SE YEIf B1DLY COT AKD BRDISEIX Firing Express TelescopM Aaotler Wilting at t Dot. BLAME ON ENGINEER HOFFMAN. Contrary ta Orders, He Xearlectea . to Slew V for '- the Draw Sla-aale Were Obscured, hat ; That Is Bxeaae, It Is Claimed Two Care Gromad Kladltaa;. aad Helpless Psiiesgcr Ptaloaed Under a Crashing; Weight A Smoking; Car Becomes a Slaas-hter Pea Harrowing; Seeaes aa the Maagled Bodies Were Removed Snrvlvore Tell of the Wreck and Their Hairbreadth Escape-Mrs, Daryea's Experteaee Thoaaaads Flock Over the ley Meadows What Roadaaaster Seats Saya Railroad Offlclala to Hold aa Iaveatlgatloa. HACKENSACK. N. J Jan. 15. Nine per sons were killed and thirty-seven badly In jured ln a rear-end collision between Delaware, Lackawanna and Western express trains, on the Hackensack Meadows, at $:20 this morning. . I . A Dover express was moving slowly and cautiously through the dense fog toward the draw at the Hackensack River, and on the west approach, when, without warn ing of any kind, a South Orange express crashed Into It and plowed Its way over maimed and mangled bodies until two cars had been completely wrecked. The Dead. . In spite of misleading reports. Coroner Volk determined late to-night that'- so far the dead number but nine. It Is probable that three of the Injured will die. ADAMS. WILLIAM R thIrtvtwo vara Milburn. N. J.; crushed about the head; taken to voik's Morgue. . FERGUSON. WILLIAM.' Summit V. J fifty-five years: auditor in the - TOeatiern union Duuaing. new-York; rather of Frederick Ferguson, who was among . the ln- jureu; uieu at et- Alary-s Hospital. FISH, JOHN. Summit N. J.. mechanical engineer, ltu Maiden Lane. New-York. KINSKY. EDWARD. Bernardavllle. N. J.. lain oi west nergen. , MORRELL, EDWARD, twenty-three years. BunmiL n. J. : son ox mcnard uorrati. steel rail manufacturer of Newark; taken to voia a uorgue, iioooken, r. j. FURINTON. WALTER R. Short Hllla N. jj tony years; giue- manufacturer at 197 water Street. New-York; taken to RIMMER. J. H.r SunumtT of .the New-York Consolidated Exchanga. ana casmer ror s. w. Boocock. 30 Broad' Street New-York; taken to Christ's Hos-i piuu. . RYAN. PATRICK J Milburn. N. J.: florist: unmarried: brother-in-law of William K. Auama, wno was also killed; taken tot . v oia s juorgue. TURNER. WILLIAM H., Basking Ridge. ,. N. j. ; bookkeeper for Chandler. Dill A Seymour. New-York; taken . to , Crane's juorgue. The Injared. wnue it was aamittea by the railroad of- I fl rials that some Injured persons avoided J annoyance and publicity and went away as I soon as they arrived at the station, it Is believed that the following list contains the names of all those seriously hurt: ARNOLD, CHRISTOPHTR. twenty-five years; doming cutter. Newark; taken to esc aiary s Hospital ; tnighs broken. ARCHER. MISS TE8SIE. twenty-two years old, 128 West Twenty-ninth Street New-Yorkjleft leg broken; taken to St Mary's BODINE. LOUIS. Newark. N. J.: student of the College, of Physicians and Sur- . geons or New-xork; heaa ana body oruisea. laxen .to at Marys Hospital. BOWERS. N, Lyons, N. J.; left shoulder fi dislocated ; went noma BABCUFr, wiLLUiL sixteen years. uiaastone, i. j. ; ecaiaea with steam. Taken to Christ's Hospital. BENNETT. F. O., East Orange, N. X. scalp wounds. Taken to Young Men's Christian Association. CLARK, EDWIN M., thirty years. Basking Ridge. N. J., left leg broken. Taken to St Mary's Hospital. COWEN. HARRY S., twenty-eight' years. Basking Ridge. N. J.. clerk In Port Morris Land and Improvement Company, back broken, will die. Taken to St Mary's Hospital. FERGUSON. FREDERICK, twenty-five years: Summit N. J.: book-keeper ln Western Union Building; son of William Ferguson, who was killed; chest crushed St Mary's Hospital. GARDNER. ARTHUR, thirty-nine years importer; Short Hills; back broken; will die; taken to St Mary's Hospital. . GEORGE. JEREMIAH, conductor on the Dover express; head cut slightly; went home. GRACE. EDWARD W., Summit N. J. slight Injuries; went home. GRAY, E. W., West Summit N. J..; right leg broken; taken to wnnsvs nospiiau HAWKES, M. W. GASTON, twenty-eeven years; dry goods; Bummitviue, N. J stunned, and went home. HOFFMAN. DAVID, engineer of the South 1 Orange express; South Orange. N. J. ; left leg broken and Internal injuries; .taken- to . St Mary S nonnuu. tbvino. WASHINGTON, thirty-five years. Short Hills. N. J.. agent for Phoenix In surance company, i wan Bireet; neaa and body Injured; St Mary's Hospital. veekan. KATE, forty years. 8 East Fifty-first Street New-York; internally Injured; taken to Presbyterian Hospital. New-xorx. LINDER. CARL. 35 West Street Newark; Injuries about neaa ana poay; went nome. t ytiiw A VT U'll ! ll( 47 K' Rlnl Now. rk, N. J.; injuries unknown; went home. UIN'CHER. CHARLES E.. twenty-seven years. Summit N. J.; scalp torn; taken to Christ s Hospital. MOTT. H. B., Summit N. J.; spinal lnju ries; St. Mary s Hospital.. . MILLS. MISS BUKTIK. nineteen years. Summer Avenue. Newark- ankle sprained and head cut; t Marys .Hospital. NICHOLS, F. H.. 2 High Street Newark. N. J.; aiigni injuries; final s JrlospltaL NIBLO. M-o'S:. t.wSA; iv le.rt .",dej , and leg injured, taken to 8t Marys Ilus-d pltal. PIERSON. EDWARD W.. twenty-two yiMirs. 215 Bellevue Avenue. Newark; left .foot broken; St. Mary-a Hospital. ROLLINS. A. L.. Newark. N. X; handt broken; went noma. RUNDIO, W. - T.. conductor on South Orange Express; slightly injured; wentJ R 18 LING, Jr.; W. J.. Newark. N. J.;l slight Injuries; went home." ... ROEIJFS, A. L-, 134 Fourth Avenue. Newark. N. J. ; injuries slight; taken to Christ's Hospital. - f SCHAFE, ERXE8T H., Basking Rldte.'N. J.; left leg broken; taken to Christ's Hoe-' pltal. - 8CHULTZ. JR., CARL H.. twenty-four yeara; son of Carl Schultx. tbe New-York, 'mineral water manufacturer; Murray Hill. N. J.; both legs crushed close to the trunk; taken to nis nome; wui aie. SPENCER. GEORGE, thirty-four years, Murray Hill, N. J.; compound fracture of right arm; Christ's Hospital. 8TKAHN8. J. Q., fifty-live years.' Bprlng- ciera in bud-.Treasury; ankle sprained; taken home. TUCKER. A New-York; scalp wounds: went nome. - WINTERMUTE. H. A., ltd H I eh H tree. Newark, m. j.; bead and face cut; taken I home, t I WHITE. THEODORES F.. thlrtv-tm I . - . - " zf. ' 1 paper manufactory. Summit N. J.: son of the Rev. Theodore F. White of Summit: compound fractures of both legs and Internally Injured; will die; taken to St Mary's Hospital. YOUNG, L. B.. thirty-two years. Summit . w. J.; scaip wounds; taken to St Mary a xiospitai. The responsibility for the accident Is with David Hoffman, engineer of the South Orange express, which ran Into the Dover train while It was. according to rule, slowing up for the drawbridge. The draw signals had nothing to do with .the accident Christopher Stevens, who was In charge of the draw, said the draw signal' was blame less.' : : ' . ' ... . ' - The Dover train left Dover at M o'clock. It consisted of ' seven - cars ' until Summit was reached, -when two cars from Basking Ridge and Bernardsvtlle were added to tt It- left Summit- at-7:38, and was due at Hoboken at 1:28. George Stitcher was the engineer, and Jeremiah George the conductor. Neither contributed to the accident by negligence of any kind. The South Orange express was drawn by Engine No. 91. named the W. HV Lewis. Hoffman was the engineer.- W. T. Rundlo the conductor, and Irving Mats the fireman. It was -due at Hoboken at 3:20, and should have left Newark at 8:13. - There was a dense tor bank on the Hack ensack Meadows from daylight to long after the accident and the west drop . signal could not be seen from the west side of the drawbridge, 700 feet away, so that all the engineers of trains going east or west, with the exception of Hoffman, kept a sharp look-out for the drop signals. and were guided by familiar objecta About L000 feet from the west drop signal was a culvert bridge with a blind switch, ' ' Engineer Stitcher kept a look-out for this culvert bridge as he came toward, the draw bridge at three-quarter speed, and slacked up as he passed over It so that when his engine was within twenty feet of the posts of the drop signal he was going very slow ly, and the end car of his train, a combi nation smoker, was about fifty feet east of the point of the dead switch. The two signals on the drop arm were set at clear track," meaning that the draw, which had not been open for a month, was closed. Had the Right of Way. In a few moments Stitcher would have started his train at half speed, to go over the drawbridge. It was not the duty of Conductor George to- take any precautions. as the train had the right of way by three minutes, according to his time schedule. The passengers ln the combination car were ln the act of grabbing up newspapers and looking after bundles and coats, when. a muffled rumble and a cry of " My God I aiere s another train," startled them, and at that . moment Engineer Hoffman saw the red tunnel lanterns of the Dover train thirty feet ahead of him. He has not yet made a statement but the Inference Is irresistible that he did not know exactly where he was, and, seeing his peril, jumped and rolled down the south embankment The next Instant Enaine No. vi struck tne " combination car. The fog stifled the noise of the collision soHhat although It occurred abreast of a.m not more than 600 yards from the Penn sylvania slaughter . house, persons there kand in the neighborhood were at first pux- xiea to account ror a rumbling - as of blast away off. But the third was followed by. a long. nriek; nd men and shouts and women began to cross the ice-covered paths of the meadows to see What sort of an accident had occurred. The 'nearer-they, came to the rail road track, the faster they went for. al though they could see nothing, the shouts and appeals for aid became more dletlmrt. and they knew that horrors were In store for them. Among those who hurried to the tracks were Nicholas jaton ana ueorxe Barnes. i.nsnermen, wno nave snanties on the Hack ensack River not 300 yards from where the collision occurred. They could not see what had happened until they - were nearly 300 yards weat or tne oraworiage, when the west-bound track appeared to be blocked or a car that had lost its roof, and amnted over. . This was car No. zes, next to the rear or "oomblnation " car of the Dover train. Cars Nos. $14 and $4 of this train, which were ahead of No. 348, were partly off the track. - wtta their, windows smashed 'their platforms crushed. The other five oars nearer tne engine- were not aamageo, Car No. $0 was partly on the east-bound track, with Engine No. 1 driven Into It nine feet so that the hood of the rear platform was over the steam chest The trucks of the car were driven together, one side of it baa Deen entirety rip pea on. ana eats, partitions, and everything ln It had been crusnea into a neap ox ruin. -; leeas of Death aad Terror. Two men lay dead ln pools of blood, near by doxens of Injured men and women were running about dazed, crying;, and wringing their hands, and the crews, of both trains were busy getting the dead aad dying- out of the "combination" car and the wreck of Car No. 246. - The nolnta where the first Impact of En gine No. 81 Into Car No. 80 occurred, and where the recoil of the fast-going train forced the Dover train, were clearly denned. At the nolnt of collision the ash van of the A engine grooved-tne ties, ana car no. zw. caua-ht between car no. so, ana car no. j341 was twisted like a cherry pit between two fingers as It was shot off the track after belnr carried along about ISO feet and slewed around. It left Its roof across the west-bound track, where It was first nipped between the "combination" car and Car No. 141. - - Jt was certainly a Quarter of an hour be fore Conductors George, and Rundlo. the train hands, and the passengers who had not lost their wits shaped matters into something like orde-. and systematlsed the work of . Duttine- the dead aside and auccorina those who were seriously Injured. Many women who haa only received a shaking up .needed attention because they were either lhysterloal or helpless from terror or shock. isome wctt taaeu iiivu av uoiujuivu m. of the dawn train, and others were pro vided viu seats made rrom tne wreckage. The Rev. Father Wallace of Seton lla.lL Chancellor of the Newark Diocese, who was aboard the south orange train, admin- tetered the last rites to some of the dyina-. rreiearama had been sent to Hoboken for physicians and a train and to Jersey City for a wrecking train, and both tracks were -blocked until past 11 o clock. The Dover train was able to go east before o clock. with three of the dead -and many of the --wounded, ana a special train came out rrom Vtklwilron and took f hnj that . MtnilnMl V back. Koad master James Neane and William Keenan. the Wrecking Superintendent came with the wrecking train. They found the tracks Intact except where a few bolts had been sprung and where the ends or ties had been crushed by the bumping of Car 01 . X- .1. W-.J , L. wnnAut U nT 1 1 needed replacing. But the wreckage was - scattered all over the tracks and the era- luuikments from 600 to l.OuO fret ' west of the drop signal, and there was at any point almost any article that goes to make up a V car, from air-brake tanks to the stuffing of the seata T . . 1. 1.1..... W T- I w Jammed Into Oer 80 that they could not bep ulled apart Jt was possible to take them on their-own wheels to the repair yard, with Cars 314 and 348. so they were Jacked on the tracks and taken away. csr -iw, wltn tne exception or its iron- -work ana trucks, was or no more value than klndllrur wood. so. to cP-ar tbe tracks. the roof was first pried to the edge of the north embankment and. pushed down, and then an ensrlne and a hawser drew the reat of th car to where It could be rolled down to the meadows. i What the Hoadmaster Bays. Roadmaater Neane examined tbe tracks as tan expert and said that while he knew 'Engineer Hoffman to be sober and trust worthy, he was anxious to have his state ment aa soon as he was able to talk, aa ha raust have been ailing in some way to have Aran into the Dover train. i " What occurred there." said Mr. Neefla Is aa plain to ma as If I bad seen tha ac cident happen. When Engine No. 81 first 4 tat, there was a reooU. aad the Dover train, which was oa the move, went ahead from ' the Impetus. " Then, the en sine forred lta wav Into Car 30 until It came to solid wood, aad the ' mumping ana wrecxing loiiowea." As soon as news of t ho nnrllt rmm tm the Heta-ats. Hoboken. Newark, uul Mark. ensack. thousands of men. women, and chit- . dren took the Mortis and Essex tracks and to tne scene. Many were Intent on se curlnsT either nroeertv or movmIf rf ih P'70.r' ln wrecking hands, who co4- i.Mcua ail tnat waa a n.1 m., - tic lea in heap or In barrels, had to watch them ctoeeiy. Half of those who went to the place of the. wreck out of euriosttv broua-ht bark aa mementos splinters of. the cars. Some; found articles of towalrv. aiul MhM null .chang. The wreck of Car No. 80 was not explored until It reached tbe yard, and tbe ; uuwi omciaia reruaea to say wnat valuables were found tn It Tbe car was of the) -Passaic and Delaware service. The responsibility of draw-tender Stevens: ' for the accident has been spoken of. It " would have been Impossible for him to have had anything to do with averting or caus-tni it even had the weather been clear. To guard against an accident when the -2rw epen. dual precautions were taken. ' nw west urpp signal, like the other. Is a boardtwo by three "fee, which dropev, through a slot la the arm when a wrench. Is turned at the draw, and moves a wire which operates tbe drop. : To guard against ' a mishap to this signal In tbe arm la a -lunette with a red disk, which aara "Danger - when It is axnnaxt an - r-i . Track" when It is turned edxewava a' that It cannot be seen. This diak la nw.M automatically by electricity the moment tha draw la started. Unless a train la flagged-'- vjiwifH ir it w cum. lo a ruu atop -at the draw atgnal, unless the drop JruaT' and tbe red disk are visible All Hoboken knew of the arront . minutes after - Information of It had beem " received at the station of tbe Delaware. Lackawanna and Western Railroad, aad there was a rush for tbe termlnua More uian e,vw persons naa congregated In and about the station and ferry house before - 1 the arrival of anv of the fnnu-ad aa and there was !nt,ense excitement aad pain- ' iu auauvnav. x n. ennra, wnen ue traim which brought the first three of the dead) : -Into the station, struggled for places ter me ironi ranas, ana a squaa or police ha at all It .could do to keen the nt nt fk ' platform entry closed. Chief of Police Donovan. Coroner Anthony) " J. Volk. and City Physician Simon had beta acuvv in preparing vo receive tne wounded. . had notified the staffs of St Mary's arid Christ Hospital, and bad put Into service) ' all available ambulances and several ex--press wagons. - At first the dead were placed In a abed of the station south of the Barclay Street ' lerry aup, ana tney were arterward moved to Volk'a undertaking establtahment Invi Washington Street ParsIoWs, near by. an B. N. Crane's, tn Bloomfield Street Nearly all were horribly mangled, and one body; was decapitated. - Such Of the wounded aa wm notnlaa were cared for ln the a tat Inn ni in h rooms of the Young Men's Christian Asao- elation by Drs, Simon. Pindar, Steadmaiu . aad Schnitxler unUl they could be removed, - au w Botieu, wim earxn or car Girt -and few had whole garments.' One or two ' declined to go to a hospital, and waited until they could procure conveyance home.. Of thoae who could walk, the majority hurried out of the station without troubling te - give tneir namea, ana either crossed to New-York or went to hotels or harbors a make themselves presentable. i wo wno went to the Duke House, near the station, washed their faces and hands. - ama m unun-ou. tooa a annx. ana went away. Neither had more serious injuries ' than scratches or bruises. State Detectives William Wrieht anil y : . Harrison rigged up an ambulance, drove to the Pennsylvania slaughter house, anl brought back Arthur Gardner, fatally in-lured, and Mrs. Kate Keenan of 228 East ' Fifty-first Street New-York, who suffered t from shock. Gardner was left at St Mary a ' and Mrs. Keenan was taken to the Presby- ; terian Hospital. - , some or tne experiences of thoae who were Injured or who were unscathed were ' : thrilling. , . - Hew-York Men's ExperleaeeeC ,V Thomas Fanner, one of the oldest cotton - merchants ln New-York, hopes he may never again sit so ' close to the colliding -point.' of two trains as he sat ln this accf-. dent He occupied the fourth seat In tbe car next totbe engine ln the local train. The train haS ho" baggage car, 'and when the crash cams it was only a few feet-' ahead of him. He had been reading a- newspaper. Tbe shock threw him: to his feet; - - i - ..- i Inattncttvely he . ran toward the rear of the car. It happened that no one obstructed - him. for tbe car carried not mora than a- dosen Dassengers. who got. out with all-posstble haste. As Mr. Fanner ran; the car - lamps fell, and the car was filled with glass - flying from . the windows. He had . not . reached the rear door when he felt the ; floor - bulging beneath him, and when he Jumped from the platform the sides of the - car caved in. - Mr. Fenner said that from the time he boarded the train at South Orange until the collision occurred, he could not notice that the train moved at any time at lees . than usual speed. - " R. O. MacDougan of the New-York cot ton Exchange, with his wife and a friend. were on the local train from Orange. They sat ln the third car. The shock threw tbera from their seats, and. wfth various other -passengers, they found themselves la the aleie badly snaxen, . Many members of the New-York Produca Exchange usually go to the city on the lo-' cal train from the Oranges and neighboring; ,' places, w. i . weiis was one or tne pas-- . eengers in me xnira car, wnere tne soock of the conision wss severely fert Mr. Weils said he waa certain tnat had he not caught; nlmself ln time by clutching the seat ahead, of him he would nave been carried over at' least two seats, bo much strength was re-aulred to hold himself back that he. wrenched his arms and neck. As be p Kinged forward he saw a man hurled from the front platform of hie car to the oDDostte track, from which he rolled over the : embankment He noticed also " three brakemen standing opposite the win dow or his car. wnom he supposed had. been sent back to warn his train, but too late to be of any service. They seemed ' dased by the disaster and at a loss what to do. Fearing tnat anotner horror might be added to the one already enacted, as trains were running at that hour under very -. slight headway, he ran back and stopped: the succeeding train by waving his coat and umbrella. From that train brakemen. were dispatched with flags and torpedoes to warn other trains. J. J. Blackman and E. B. Hrnixhton of the New-York Produce Exchange usually take the express train at East Orange. Mr. Blackman Is Mr. Houghton's father-in-law. This morning Mr. Houghton decided . to make an earlier start for the city, on ac count of the fog. He caught the train ahead. Mr. Blackmail, not in so much of a hurry, lost the regular train, thus escaping; the crash by chance. R. T. Underbill, Fred E. Roberts. E. A. Freeman, ana a. H. Williams also usually go to the city on that train, but missed it to-day. Mr. Williams had to thank bis servant who overslept and gave him a late breakfast, for hla escape. -A. O.-Tate. Vice President of the North American Phonograph Company of New-York.- ran nair a miie rrom nis nome at Brick Church to catch the ill-fated train. . It hauled out or tne station just as be arrived there. - A brother of George B. Post Jr.. of Post A Flagg. at 44 Broadway. New-York, had his knees propped against the seat ln front of him ln the first car of the second train. , The shock threw mm across tbe aisle, and as be reii an iron oar passea tnrougn his hat . Walter Calhoun Foster or Astoria, whose office Is at 19 Nassau Street New-York, went home swathed ln ban da sea. He occu-pled a seat In the car next the smoker of the llf-fated train. After the crash Mr. Foster found nimseir weagea fast In bit eat by the wreckage. lie was covered rlth blood and bis clothing was in ribbons. ' Coolly releasing himself. Mr. Foatar picked up a piece of the debris that lay lu . reach ana xnocaea out a car window, when he clambered down to the ground below. Some one took blm In band there and bis Injuries were bandaged. The right side of his face was riddled wi'.h ru ing glaas and his right eye was closed. The muscles of his right leg were also badly torn and bin. held was cut . In two. A stray mlaslla ploughed a furrow through the centre of bis scalp, taking along his hat He wag taken to New-xorx on tbe t-euer train, hi Is suffering from the terrible shock. Mr. , Foster is a son of ex-Corporation Counsel Walter J. Foster of Long Island City. He Is President of the North Beach Improvement Company. Vice President of the Ninety-ninth Street and College Point Ferry Company, and one of the attorneys of the Stein way Electric Railway system la Long island City. . Had a Horrify la Experleaee, Washington Irving la one of the general agents of the Phoenix Assurance Company of 87 Wall Street. New-York, where bis uncle. A, D. Irving. Is general manager. The injured man had a horrifying, experience. With a party of business friends be took tha eilffsss train at Short Hills, They.

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