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The Story of the Hatfield Train Wreck of 1900


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).


The Hatfield Train Wreck of 1900 links

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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

AWFUL RAILWAY WRECK Death Darted from the Fog - Atlantic City Excursion Crashes into Milk Train at Hatfield A SCENE OF GREAT HORROR

VERDICT OF THE CORONER'S JURY - FOUR MEN HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HATFIELD WRECK

ACCUSED UNDER ARREST

POEMS ABOUT THE HATFIELD TRAIN WRECK

SEE PHOTOS OF THE HATFIELD TRAIN WRECK OF SEPTEMBER 1900

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.



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Last updated 19 June 2012 - Created December 2003 by Kelley Wood - Davis