Detroit Free Press 28 Oct 1854
nis-Unction i n-,ji- ..,i.i... collision on the Great Western KalIwny--rt'" nnff'the most dreadrnl railroad' accidents that ever occurred took place yesterday m-ora- :w .-hUt-tkirt miles from tins city-, tne pss- seneer train on the Ureal. weBieruwi.m-.w- h.re t 11.20 P.M. on Thursday, came iu rfr.it ii live minutes past five A. M. on Krida). with a gravel trainra short distance eastot Baptist Creek. The loss of life that ensued was very great. The pssseuger train, of which air. u. r- .m. i-. tf.k was Conductor, aud Taos. Smith, Engineer. left the Suspension Bridge at the usual time on Thursday afternoon. The train consisted ot tour firstrclass two secona-claas, and two baggage cars, and bad oh board a largo number of passen gcra. At SL Goorge, it came up with a gravel train which was on tne iracs, mm v..,--- in consequence alwut an hour and a halt. - wnen the train had (tot! under way again,, a freight train was iu advance, which it was obliged to follow as far as Princeton thereby losing con siderahle more time. U 1 A 51., the train left London. Alter having n some three or fonr miles from that place, ihe cylinder-head of the locomotive bnrated, tthi. h ,! course brouizbt the train to a stand still. An engine was sent from London, which drew the train back to.that place, where another engine was attached, and the train again standi for Windsor, going quite slow, tne- vouuucwi having given orders. toAhe Engineer not to run si a rapid rate, as the night was dark and foggy. When the train left London the secoud time, it was about four hours behind time. A few minutes after 5 o'clock, when near Hap- tiBt Creek, the passenger train, which was pro ceeding at the rate of about .twenty miles an hour, came in collision with a gravel train uu.u was backing towards the east at the rate of ten or twelve miles an hour. The gravel traiu was composed of fifteen cars, heavily loaded,with wet gravel. The shock produced uy tne com siuu was tremendous. The second-class cars wore smashed iuto Btoms, and nearly every per urni in them killed or dreadruily injured. The ilrst first-class car was also badly smashed, and most of the passengers in the front part ort met will.1 the same fate as the passengers in the second-class cars. The scone presented after the collision was a horrible one. Intermixed with tho "fragments of the broken cars, dead bodies lay in profusion, many of them mangled in the most dreadful manner; while from out tbc heap ol rums proceeded the groans and shrieks of the wounded. The puBsongem who were so fortunate as to escape uninjured immediately set to work .to draw out the wounded and the dead from the l,,i nf t-nins in which thev lav. At 11 o'clock A. M. the bodies of twenty-live men. eleven wo men, and ten children, had been brought to light, aud it was supposed that from ten to twenty others vet remained to bo discovered. -Twenty one men and twenty woiucu and, children were found to be badly injured many of thein fatally. Several of the dead were crushed out of ai! Iiumiiu shape, prcscntingaheart-slckeningsight. The two second class cars, which bore tui main brunt of tho collision, were filled with ouii- (mints, iiiostlv Germans. The first first-class car, a number of the'ininatea of whieb were killed and others wonnded, also contained some cmi Grants: The second, third, and fourth first-class cars were somewhat injured, and some of the passengers received Boine injuries, hut none, we understand, of a dangerous character. Mr. K. P. Tons, of this city, who was on board the ill-fated train, and from whom we derived the greater portion of the foregoing melancholy particulars, informs us that, in the opinion of the passengers, no Diaroo attacneB to eimer me Conductor or Engineer of tho passenger train, The train was thrown behind time by a series of unfortunate circumstances over which its ofli- cera had no control and evory measure was ta ken by them to guard against tho occurrence of accident. From all the facts we have been able to ascertain, the rault of the accident rests upon a watch-mau. who fell asleep upon his post, and, on wak ing, informed the master of the gravel train that the passenger train had passed. Supposing this to be the fact, the gravel traiu started,; and in a short time came in collision with the passenger train. Two men on the gravel train were killed. The engineer and lireman of tho passenger train escaped almost miraculously from serious injury. Among the passengers on the express train were Thomas F. Mbaouek and 0: A. Brown SOS. At an early hour in the forenoon yesterday, several physicians from ibis city left for tho scene of the disaster. I.ATBU Our reporter has just arrived (12 P. JI.l from the scene of the casualty. Ho reports the nnm ber of persons killed as forty-seven. The following is a list of the killed, as'taken from the minutes of the Coroners 1. J. H. Bodfish, of Batavia, N. Y., going to tialesburg, Michigan; had ou person S'27.29. 1. T. Gallagher. :t. Young woman, namo unknown; had on fur gauntlets, gloves, and black silk bonnet with artificials. 4. Man, name unknown. 5. Woman, wiih doad infant; had on person "two kovs; husband said to bo No. 4. 6. Child of No. 5. 7. P. Robinson, per receipt in pocket; bad $107 511 in gold, and $5,03 in silver. S. .bihit Martin, brakeinan on passenger train: had $5 aud key in pocket, i. Robert Thornton, (his wife badly injured.) 10-Henry Mason, brakeman on gravel train; $140 in pocket . , , - 11. T. P. Sawin; had watch on person; had lived 14 years in Chatham. 12. Female, unknown; had on red dress, lace collar, and gloves.- . . 13. Young girl, name Mary Kingston per papers on her person. 14. Female, unknown; middle aged; had ear-rings. 15. Young man, BuppoBed to be.lohn Davis, lli. Boy about loyears old, unknown. 1": Boy, abont II years old, unknown. IS. Irving Leslie, brakeman on gravel train. It. .Middle aged woman; unknown. 20. Chas. Robinson, per name in Bible on his person ; bad $53 ia':gold, and 35 cents in idlver. S.l. Foinale child about 2 years old, unknown, 22. Fo e child about Jlyears old;'onkiiown. 23. Female, unknown, had a ring on finger.- 24. Mau, unknown. 25. Jacob Lusober ; had a due-bill from Mar shall, Michigan, and ?22 in mouey. 2t. Hollister Brace, elderly man ; had $13 iu bills, and $16.50 in coin. . 7. Xathaniel Oakcs, of BataviaS. Y., going to (ialesburg, Michigan. 28. Cornelius Oakes, son of Xd. 37. 29. Orilla Oakes, wife of No. 27. :to. Philip Barron, per papers found ou bis person. 31. Female infant,-unknown. .32., Male child, unknown. " 33. O'lllidden; had $23 on his person. 34. Female "infanv unknown. ' -l . . - -, . 35. Unknown woman; bad straw bonnet and snuff-box. ' .3i. Ephraitn C. Mooer, blinds man, 37. Unknown man; had $20.60 on bis person. . . . known female, with enfls. 39. Unknown man. ' 4f . Female child, about 3 years old, unknown. 41. Michael Fly; hsd $12 on his person. 42. Unknown man. ! 43. Unknown woman. 44. Young girL.unknown; 'had $94 on her poi son. 45. Unknown girl, about 15 years of sge. to. Martha Bodfish, wife of No." I: 47. Daniel Oakes, cousin of Nos. 1 and 4S. The Coroner's jury will meet this morning at Chatham, whither the bodies were conveyed last evening. Twenlv-ibor men, eleven women, and sixteen children, are badly wotftded. and were taken to Chatham. A large number of the passengers arc more or less bruised." A mas bythename of Irvine R. Beech, of . Dundee, Ystes county. X.' Y., ts badly bruised, but It is thought will get weU. Further particulars will be gives to-morrow.