1905 - COLLISION DUE TO THICK FOG
DIE IN BLAZING WRECK
Montreal Express, on Boston and Maine, Hits Local Train.
Of the Dead a Dozen Were Passengers in Two Rear Cars of the Local Train -- Heavy Weather Hid Lights of the Standing Train
Quick Rescue by Survivors -- Only Few of Dead Identified.
Lincoln, Mass. - Sixteen persons were killed, twenty-five were badly injured, and probably a score of others received minor hurts in a railroad wreck which occurred at 3:15 o'clock at night at Baker's Bridge Station, a mile and a half west of Lincoln, on the main line of the Fitchburg Division of the Boston and Main Railroad. The regular night express which left Boston at 7:45 o'clock for Montreal, by way of the Rutland system, crashed into the rear of an accommodation train bound for points on the Marlboro branch line, and which started from Boston at 7:15 o'clock.
Of the dead a dozen were passengers in the two rear cars of the Marlboro train. The other two were Engineer BARNARD, of the Montreal express, and his fireman. No passenger on the express was injured. Of those who lost their lives a number were apparently killed instantly in the collision, while others were either burned to death by the fire which ensued, or died from suffocation.
A partial list of the dead is as follows:
JOSEPH BARIS, of Maynard, Mass.
Three-year-old child of A. B. BARIS.
CHARLES E. BARNARD, of Charlestown, Mass., fireman of the express.
M. R. LYONS, fireman of the Montreal train.
ANNA HILLBRIDGE, 5 years old, of Acton; died in Pullman car of the express shortly after being taken from wreckage.
CHARLES WETHERBEE, of Acton, Mass.
DONOR GAUTHIER, of Boston, Mass., a brakeman of the accommodation train.
MAY CAMPBELL, of Maynard, Mass.
MAY COLLINS, Concord Junction.
NELLIE SWEENEY, Concord.
MARY MOSWEENY, of Concord, Mass.
WILLIAM WALSH, of Maynard, Mass.
ANNIE HARTWELL, 21 years old, of Littleton.
JOSEPH KARLSON, of Maynard, Mass.
B. TYDEPRIUS, aged 50 years, residence unknown.
Two Unidentified bodies.
On account of the heavy traffic the local train was delayed, and it was about six minutes behind time when it stopped at the little station. It was known that the Montreal express was due, and persons who were at the station say that a trainman was sent back to set a torpedo and a red light.
The night was unusually dark, partly owing to a dense mist which came up the Sudbury River. According to those at the station at the time, the light had not been set more than a minute before the roar of a heavy train around the curve a short distance from the station was heard. Within a few seconds the headlight of an onrushing locomotive penetrated the mist and the two ponderous engines of the express train traveling at an estimated speed of thirty-three miles an hour, with nine cars behind them crashed into the local train. The impact was so terrific that it was heard by persons living a mile distant. The leading locomotive telescoped the rear car of the Marlboro train and the second engine forced the demolished mass against the third car of the local and completely wrecked it. In those two cars all but two of the fatalities occurred and practically all of the injuries.
The forward locomotive of the Montreal train was destroyed. The engine following, although considerably damaged, did not leave the rails. One of the cars of the express was thrown from the track, but the collision apparently had little effect upon the passengers. They stated afterward that the shock was comparatively slight.
Passengers from both trains, railroad employees and villagers rushed to the wrecked cars and asisted many persons to escape.
After some delay messages were sent to Boston, Waltham and Concord for doctors, nurses, surgical applicances and wrecking trains.
Several of the bodies were badly disfigured.
The majority of those injured were women.
All the sixteen bodies have been taken from the wreck. Three of the sixteen were alive when taken out, but death ensued soon afterward.
The Cranbury Press
December 1, 1905
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