Hightstown Rail Accident

Hightstown Rail Accident

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Hightstown rail accident occurred on the Camden and Amboy Railroad between Hightstown, New Jersey and Spotswood on 8 November 1833, just two months after horses were replaced by steam locomotives on the line. It is the earliest recorded train accident involving the death of passengers. The train had been travelling from South Amboy to Bordentown at a speed 35 mph, when despite having stopped 'to oil the wheels' and slowing to 20 mph, a journal box overheated and caught fire, causing an axle to break on one of the carriages, derailing and overturning it. All but one of the 24 passengers it carried were injured; one was killed outright and another died later from their injuries. Amongst the injured was Cornelius Vanderbilt who broke a leg and vowed never to travel by train again, although he later broke his vow and eventually became a railway magnate, owning the New York Central Railroad among others.
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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135713817
  • 9786135713817