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1911 - SCALDED BY STEAM Twenty Passengers Hurt in "Side-swiping" at Randolph MONTREAL SLEEPER IS WRECKED Engine of the Freight Extra Sticks Out Over Main Line and Cylinder Head is Torn Off.

News
Special to the Messenger)
Randolph, June 20. - Another accident was added to the toll on the Central Vermont railway this morning at 2:50 o'clock when north bound Montreal sleeper, known as train No. 1, "sideswiped" the engine on the south bound freight extra, which was on what is known as the west siding. The cylinder on engine No. 415 projected out into the right of way of engine No. 211 on No. 1 and the crash the cylinder on the freight engine was torn off and filled one coach with steam, scalding 20 passengers before they were able to escape out into the open.

Thirteen of the injured were at once taken to the sanatorium here, burned about the head and hands, and were attended by local doctors and the railroad surgeon, Dr. F. T. Gartland, of White River Junction, who was on the scene of the disaster as soon as possible. The two other injured passengers were able to continue on their journey.

The injured:
Mrs. Mary McGee, of Lowell, Mass., both hands, head and chest scalded.
Fred T. Hebert, of Pawtucket, R. I., hands, forearms, face and neck scalded badly.
Mrs. Hebert, wife of F. T. Hebert, hands and forearms scalded.
F. Girdlestone, of Boston, Mass., hands badly scalded.
Felix Archambault, of New Worcester, face and hands badly scalded.
A. Laporte, of Southbridge, Mass., hands, forearms and face scalded.
E. E. Gaboriel, of Southbridge, Mass., hands and face scalded, very slight.
Joseph B. Goodreault, of Montreal, face and hands scalded.
Mrs. Dora LaLumiere, of Northbridge, Mass., arms, face, and neck slightly scalded.
Marshal Gantpier, of Lawrence, Mass., face and hands scalded.
A. Bean, of Montpelier, nose slightly scalded.
Frank Mitchell of Northbridge, Mass., face slightly scalded.
Edward Marrow, of Woonsocket, R. I., Face slightly scalded.
George Paquin of Lowell, Mass., face, neck, both hands, forearms, and ankle scalded.
R. L. Deasey, (mail clerk) of St. Albans, head slightly bruised.
Oscar P. Smith, of Worcester, Mass., face, hands, and forearms.
Willis, Demasie, and Antonio Belaire, of Montreal, face and hands scalded.

The freight was in the charge of engineer Harry Palmer, of St. Albans, and conductor [ineligible] Murphy also of St. Albans. The train drew on the west siding to get into clear for the Montreal sleeper. There is no doubt that at one time the freight was in clear but during the interval between 2:28 o'clock and 2:50, when No. 1 arrived, the train had moved along toward the main line sufficiently to cause the cylinder on the engine to hang over the main track. No. 1 was in the charge of engineer F. W. Maloney and conductor M. O'Day and was traveling at a rate of about 25 miles an hour when the crash came. The only wheels to leave the rail were on the express locomotive tender, and the baggage, express, and mail cars passed by but one of the day coaches stopped opposite the open cylinder which poured its deadly steam into the car. It was in these coaches that passengers were injured, being scalded about the exposed parts of the body. Twenty passengers were burned in this way but reports sent to the headquarters at St. Albans indicate that but one or more were badly injured. Thirteen were taken to the local sanatorium and the others continued on their way.

Wrecking crews were summoned at once from White River Junction and St. Albans and the work of putting the track, which was somewhat torn up, in order as begun. Trains were able to pass, however, on the west siding.


St. Albans Daily Messenger
St. Albans, Vermont
June 20, 1911

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