Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Terrible Day in 1872

From a sketch by E.Y. Breck

'On Christmas Eve, 1872, a dreadful derailment took place at Prospect Station, Pennsylvania. Twenty-five passengers were killed when coaches fell from the bridge into a frozen creek bed, where they were set afire from overturned stoves. The derailment was caused by a broken wheel.'

1 comment:

Grace said...

Wow, imagine if such a thing were to happen on a train today. Everyone would be demanding the railroads be held accountable and wondering if rail traffic were safe anymore. Such a tragedy though.