Railroad Accident at Franklin
A serious accident occurred on Monday evening
at the rock cut near the Franklin depot, at the connection of the Sussex
and Midland railroads. Conductor Burrell's train on the Sussex road,
which leaves Newton at 8:18 P.M. was a little behind time, and arrived
at the junction at about 9:15. The switchman had the switch turned for
the Midland, but hearing the Sussex coming turned the switch for them
and signaled with his light for them to come on. The Sussex then pulled
ahead and entered the switch at the rate of about ten miles an hour.
The Midland train came rushing in the cut about the same time, at the
rate of at least 30 miles an hour, and the switchman seeing them coming
and gaining so fast, threw the switch over for them and ran for his
life. Mr. Quackenbush, the engineer of the Sussex locomotive, did not
see the Midland train until the head lights of the locomotive shone
in the rear of his cab. Seeing that a collision was inevitable he and
his fireman jumped from the engine. The engines collided, the Sussex
striking the rear trucks of the Midland engine, and knocking them from
under her, severing the Midland train and bringing the first milk car
on the Sussex engine, and wedging the two together in the cut.
Miraculously no one was injured, but the wreck was
so bad that at 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning the cut was not yet clear.
The Sussex engine was not then out, and the extent of her injuries was
not known, although they are believed not to be very great. Of fifty
cans of milk in the stoven car, which is almost completely wrecked,
but two were spilled.
From all we learn no blame can be attached to the Sussex
train. Mr. Burrell, the conductor has always acted with the greatest
prudence in running his trains, and Mr. Quackenbush has the reputation
of being one of the most careful of engineers.
The locality of the accident is a very dangerous one,
and may at some day be the cause of loss of life, unless something is
done to prevent similar accidents in the future. We would suggest to
the two companies the erection of a switch signal as the best means