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(erielack) NYP&O Wreck at Tallmadge, OH. 1889

Talmadge, OH Train Wreck, Jan 1889 - Serious Wreck
Posted July  17th, 2008 by _Stu Beitler_ 
A Bad Collision on the New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio. 
Eight Persons Killed and a Dozen or More Injured -- Several of the Victims  
Cremated in Burning Passenger Coaches. 
CLEVELAND, O., Jan. 15, --- A frightful wreck occurred on the New York,  
Pennsylvania & Ohio railroad, near Tallmadge, O., at half-past two o'clock  
yesterday morning, an east-bound passenger train coliding [sic] with one 
section  of a frieght [sic] train which had broken in two. Eight persons were 
killed and  a dozen injured. The list is as follows: 
ROBERT HUNTINGTON, of Galion, O.; passenger  engineer.
WILLIAM WALTERS, of Galion; passenger fireman.
J. F. RUSHFORD,  of Galion; freight brakeman.
WILLIAM LUNDY, of Salamanca, N. Y.; Wells, Fargo  & Co's. Express messenger.
MARY ANN LYON, of Idaho,  aged six; ticketed, second class, to Cherry 
Creek, N. Y. 
DAVID THOMAS, of Galion, baggage master; badly injured – at  first 
reported killed.
ROBERT OWEN, of Kent, newsboy; one shoulder  dislocated, and bad cuts and 
SAM DOUGLASS, engineer, of Galion,  traveling in passenger coach; leg and 
head cut, and bruised and burned about the  abdomen.
JAMES BOYD, of Patterson, N. J., severely hurt on head and  back.
GEORGE SHAW, of Galion, freight breakman; cut and bruised.
THOMAS  FAIRFAX, colored, of Cleveland; leg broken in two places below the 
knee, and bad  cuts on head. 
Other passengers, whose names were not learned received slight injuries. 
The freight train had broken in two and the crew resorted to the common  
expedient of “doubling†the grade. The flagman who had been sent to guard 
 the rear section misunderstood the signals and came in before the track 
was  clear. The freight had barely got under motion when the express came 
along. The  passenger engine was crushed into bits and Engineer HUNTINGTON and 
Fireman  WALTERS were terribly crushed. 
A combination baggage and smoking car and a coach took fire immediately 
after  the crash. In the smoker were eight Chinamen. Five were pulled out 
alive, but  half-dead from freight. Three were never seen after the collision. 
Bones and  bits of charred flesh gathered up in a bag were all that were found 
of them. 
A most pathetic scene attended the death of little MARY LYON. She was an  
orphan, and was being sent through to relatives in Cherry Creek, N. Y. EDWARD 
 PELTZER, a passenger in one of the sleepers, took much interest in the 
little  girl, and when the crash came his first thought was of her. He found 
her wedged  down by a seat, the flames already surrounding her. This so 
unnerved MR. PELTZER  that he threw himself upon the ground and sobbed. 
Another eye-witness says that the little girl, whose shrieks were  
heart-rending, released herself just before the fire got to her, and for a  moment 
groped wildly about, then fell over, choked by smoke, the flames quickly  
coming up to complete the dreadful work. 
The passengers in the sleepers were hardly aroused by the concussion. The  
track was not cleared until one o'clock in the  afternoon.

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