One of the deadliest accidents* in our area’s history took place exactly 100 years ago today. 29 people were killed and 62 injured when a Lehigh Valley Railroad train derailed about 20 miles east of Rochester. According to investigators at the time, it was a defective rail on a 400 foot bridge in Manchester, NY that shattered into seventeen pieces and sent at least 3 of the cars into Canandaigua Outlet. Newspaper reports described the scene as a “twisted and splintered mass of wreckage.”
An engineering report by the Bureau of Standards detailed the events leading up to the accident…
On approaching the west end of Manchester Yard, train No. 4 found the signals at caution, and, being required by rule not to exceed a speed of twenty-five miles per hour through this yard, the speed was reduced accordingly.
An article printed in the Syracuse Herald on August 26, 1911, made public the following list of the 29 individuals who perished:
In Rochester morgue:
Unknown Woman, died at Hahnemann hospital this morning.
W.P. RUNDLE, Easton, Pa., died this morning.
HARRY BEAKER, trainman, Waverly, N.Y.
E.M. Bell, veteran, Los Angeles, Cal.
In morgue at Shortsville:
MRS. [BARBARA ZUDECK], Buffalo.
T.C. MADDEN, No. 628 North Olden Avenue, Trenton, N.J.
MRS. C.F. JOHNSON, Cleveland, O.
CHARLES HICKS, Newark, N.J.
MRS. I.S. UNCLE, Smithfield, N.J.
JOSEPH HICKEY, Philadelphia, Pa.
ELLEN E. BROWNELL, Newton, Pa.
C.P. JOHNSON, Philadelphia.
A.M. HUNSICKER, Vineland, Ont.
E. PANGBURN, Brooklyn.
HELEN E. POWALL, address unknown.
Unknown woman, about 30, blonde hair, blue eyes, blue serge suit.
Unknown woman, initials “E.H.” on clothing.
Unknown woman, 30, initials “C.H.” on stickpin.
Unknown woman, initials “E.T.P.” on clothing.
Unknown woman, gold band ring engraved “Minnie, November 28th, ’83.”
MRS. FREDERICK A. WINKLER, 55, Philadelphia.
REBECCA A. DANERLITT, 55, Niagara Falls.
EDGAR B. ANDERSON, 62 Brooklyn, N. Y.
Unknown woman, 35 or 40 years old.
Unknown woman, dark hair, about 175 pounds in weight.
Unknown woman, 40, dark hair.
Unknown boy, about 12 years old.
MRS. EMILY HILL was the unknown woman who died at the Hahnemann hospital this morning.
WILLIS RUNDELL, mail clerk, 49, died at Homcopathic hospital, Easton, Pa.
MISS RANDALL, Niagara Falls, at the General hospital, is dying.
MR. DRAPER at the General hospital, is dying.
MRS. ESTHER or MABEL LAWRENCE, is unconscious at Hanneman hospital and will die.
*OTHER NOTABLE U.S. RAIL ACCIDENTS:
In July of 1918, 101 people were killed in a 2-train collision near Nashville, TN. Four months later a derailment of a NYC subway train left 92 dead in Brooklyn. More…
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I lived in Manchester for over 20 years and never knew this. Very sad to read.