|Friday, September 26, 1884
|The Toronto World
The railway accident.
Full and complete list of the wounded—How it happened.
The regular east-bound train, which left the Union at 7.45 Wednesday night, was composed of six passenger coaches, three Pullman cars and Chief Engineer Hannaford's private car. The engineer's car was the last one, and was occupied by himself and two clerks. The train had just passed Pickering when the first Pullman struck a broken frog and left the track, taking the others with it, and rolled down an embankment twenty-five feet in height. When Mr. Hannaford's car turned over the stove inside was upset and the car took fire. The inmates had barely time to escape before the car was a mass of flame. The hour was 8.50, and it was raining and dark as pitch.
The passengers were all enabled to get out of the cars, and when the list was called all answered to their names. Robert Purden, the conductor, was the most seriously hurt, he had his wounds dressed and proceeded east with his train. He sustained a severe cut on the head besides various other bruises.
The following is a list of those who were injured: Mrs. Nurse, wife of C. E. Nurse of the Great Northwestern Telegraph company, shoulders and back slightly hurt; W. P. Hibbard, Montréal, commercial traveler, right knee and left arm badly bruised; Miss Jane McCormack of Whitby, bruised on shoulders and scalp wound; A. C. McConnell, Toronto, sever bruises on thigh and hands; C. K. True, Pullman car conductor, three deep cuts on head and face severely cut; Caleb Bone, colored porter of Pullman car, ankle injured; D. M. Craig of Brantford, cut on forehead; Mr. Betts, a London barrister, received a scalp wound several inches in length and his nose was badly injured though not broken.
Drs. Thorburn and Spragge of Toronto and Dr. Cuthbertson of Whitby attended to the wounded. The Grand Trunk loses about $50,000 by the disaster.