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The Spirit of the Times
January 9 1864
Explosion of a Locomotive Boiler
One Man Killed
Another Fatally Injured
The boiler of the Locomotive of the Express train, on the Erie Railway,
going west, on Friday evening, exploded at Attica, killing the engineer and
probably fatally injuring the Fireman. The train arrived at Attica at 9:10
and the accident occurred a few moments afterwards, while the engine was
taking water. So tremendous was the force of the explosion that the engineer
was thrown over the locomotive and the length of the baggage car; killing
him instantly. The fireman was blown over the cars the length of the whole
train and buried in a snow bank. He was alive when taken out, but so
terribly injured that it is said he cannot recover.
A passenger who had been conversing with the engineer but a moment before,
and was walking past the baggage car to resume his seat, was hurled into a
snow drift, and the back of his coat torn off. He was badly stunned but
miraculously escaped serious injury. The front of the Western Hotel was
demolished by the concussion, and a piece of the boiler weighing over fine
hundred pounds, was hurled high in the air a distance of eighty rods and
falling upon the roof of the Exchange Hotel, passed through it and a third
story, lighted on a bed in the second story, the usual occupant of which was
at the time going up stairs with the intention of retiring.
transcribed by Linda C Schmidt, 7.10.11
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