1933 - Orphan Boys Prevent Wreck of Train Carrying 500 Persons.
Passaic, N. J., May 4. - Quick work of six boys from the Passic Orphan Asylum was credited today with averting a wreck of an Erie Railroad express train carrying 500 commuter passengers.
The boys, watching from the asylum windows during a heavy cloudburst last night, saw that the rush of water had carried away ballast under the tracks and left about 50 feet of tracks and ties hanging ten feet in air. They ran down the track in the rain, knowing the 7:50 express from Jersey City was due.
Engineer John McGlin, of Nutley saw the six boys frantically waving. He stopped the train within 50 feet of the washout.
The boys were Jacob Merinizek, 15, John Murdock, 11, Douglas Fleming, 15, Rudolph Borsche, 14, Frank Mazzola, 13, and his brother Michael, 11.
May 4, 1933
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