New Jersey Herald - March 21, 1888 issue
On Wednesday an accident occurred on the Sussex
Railroad that resulted in the almost complete wreck of the locomotive
"Hatfield." About 8 o'clock Wednesday morning three locomotives coupled
together, with a force of men, left Newton to open the road to Waterloo.
They succeeded in ploughing through the huge snow banks and reaching Andover
about 11 o'clock. After a short delay, anew start was made from Andover,
and had just got under good headway when the Hatfield, on the lead, in
charge of engineer Davenport, broke an axle and left the track at the
second crossing below the station. The coupling to the second engine broke,
and the Hatfield went dashing through the snow into a garden, tearing
the fence away and passing within three feet of the corner of a house.
The man on the locomotive did not leave it until it came to a standstill.
The machinery is badly broken, and is almost a complete wreck, particularly
its working parts. The men on the locomotives were badly frightened for
a few seconds. The engine was thoroughly overhauled only a short time
ago, and air brakes applied. Tomorrow an effort will be made to replace
the engine on the track and send it to the shops.