I became fascinated with this subject after learning that my maternal great-great-grandfather met his demise through this incident.His name was Florian Waldspurger, and he was beheaded. to see more information, visit his photograph page
On 2 September 1900, on a foggy Sunday morning, a heavy excursion train bound for Atlantic City and a milk train bound for Philadelphia collided on the Reading and Philadelphia track in the little train station of Hatfield, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 13 people were killed, and almost a half-hundred others were injured. Four men were held responsible. For more information, see The Hatfield Train Wreck of 1900 and The Aftermath of the Hatfield Train Wreck of 1900, articles I wrote about the events on HubPages (that link will open in a new window).
Railroad Wreck Frightful Rear-End Collision at Hatfield Atlantic City Excursion Train from Bethlehem Crashes Into a Milk Train With Frightful Results -- Thirteen Meet Almost Instant Death and a Half Hundred More are Bruised and Wounded in a Fog in the Early Morning
SEE PHOTOS OF AN UNIDENTIFIED TRAIN WRECK - these photos are on another's genealogist's website, and are of a train wreck in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s - it is still not determined what train wreck, but it may be the Hatfield one of Sept. 1900. This link opens in another window.
Last updated 19 June 2012 - Created December 2003 by Kelley Wood - Davis