WERE BLOWN TO ETERNITY.
MEN KILLED BY THE EXPLOSION OF A LOCOMOTIVE.
Sickening Disaster on the Philadelphia and Reading near St. Clair YesterdayNo
One Left to Tell the TaleNames of the VictimsA Similar Accident
Within a Year on the Same Road.
Special Dispatch to The North American.
Jan. 28.By the explosion of a Reading Railroad locomotive near
St. Clair, three miles above this place, five men were instantly killed
this forenoon. Locomotive 956, one of the heaviest on the road, was
pushing an empty coal train and had just left the St. Clair station
for Frackville. Suddenly the whole country around about was startled
by a terrific explosion which shook houses, broke windowpanes and scattered
death and destruction in every direction. Investigation showed that
the engine had blown up, but there was no one left to tell how it happened
when the people rushed to the scene. The train had stopped and parts
of the engine were scattered about a dismantled and twisted mass of
machinery, and a number of cars were thrown off the track and broken.
Here and there
were mangled human remains and the faces of men horribly burned and
scalded, while several had limbs torn off. It is known that there were
five men on the engine and tender, but only four have been found, and
it is believed that the missing employee was blown into atoms. Parts
of the engine were thrown 400 feet away. The rails were torn up and
a hole two feet deep was scooped in the earth where the engine blew
up. Pieces of flesh and bloody clothing were hanging to the cars. The
NAPOLIAN PAUL, fireman.
JACOB TURNER, brakeman.
HENRY SANDS, brakeman.
ZACHARIS WINTERGREEN, brakeman.
These men were
engaged in their duties and some were talking when they were carried
out of this world without a moment's warning.
head was blown off and his body crushed. His remains were found in the
creek, thirty feet away. Brakeman Turner was found 500 feet across the
valley against the Pennsylvania Railroad embankment. His head was crushed
and one of his legs torn off. Brakeman Wintergreen was hurled in the
same direction, but with greater force and much higher in the air. It
was several hours before his body was found, half way up the mountain,
400 feet above the creek. Ziegler and Sands were on the engineer's side,
and they were thrown up the bank 200 feet, with the cab and fare box.
Trees were uprooted
and debris lined the hillsides. The crown sheet and part of the boiler
were hurled across the valley. The telegraph wires running along the
railroad were cut by flying debris, and this then caused a fatal collision
at New Boston Junction, above the scene of explosion, a few hours later.
A very thorough
investigation will be made, as this is the second engine blown up on
taht branch within the past year. Five men were killed in the other
explosion, one which occurred near Frackville.