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CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD

Leased Roads & Branches.

Accident Report

 

 

 

Statement of each accident in California resulting in injuries to persons.

 

Date

1877

Name

Whether Passenger, Employee, or Otherwise

Place of Accident

Cause of Accident

Extent of Injury

June 16

Isdell, Charles

Employee

Colfax

Getting untrained

Shoulder slightly injured

June 16

Moore, Charles

Employee

North Vallejo

Slipped from car

Phase slightly bruised

June 26

Hilton, H. B.

Other

San Leandro

Getting on train (supposed to)

Found dead

June 27

Schaeffer, Aug.

Other

Midway

Falling from train

Both legs amputated

July 1

Connor, J. M.

Employee

Pino

Fell from train

Shoulder slightly injured

July 3

Campbell, M. M.

Employee

Acampo

Coupling cars

Finger taken off

July 5

McArdle, Henry

Other

Penryn

Capital run over-intoxicated

Fatally injured

July 9

Indian Squaw

Other

Newcastle

Run over-intoxicated

Arm fractured

July 11

Burt, T. A.

Employee

Rocklin

Fire-box blew open

Hands slightly burnt

July 12

Rossiter, James

Employee

N. E. Mills

Struck by tank spout

Severely bruised

July 18

Shultz, John

Other

Boca

Run over

Fatally injured

July 18

Kelly, Charles (supposed)

Hurlbut, J. W.

Schott, J. J.

Mayo, Henry

Other

 

Employee

Employee Employee

 

Train ran into burning sheds

 

Killed and body burnt

Severely burnt

Slightly burnt

Slightly burnt

July 20

Unknown

Other

Delano

Run over-intoxicated

Found dead

July 20

Joaquina, J. Serpa

Other

San Leandro

Struck by engine

Very slight bruise

July 20

Heaton, John

Employee

San Fernando

On hand car-struck

Instantly killed

July 20

Vallencour, C.

Other

Tunnel

By engine

Leg broken

July 21

Unknown

Other

Pleasanton

Struck by engine

Severely injured

August 2

Conway, Stephen

Other

Stockton

Jumping on train

Toe amputated

August 6

Lamphrey, Wm

Employee

Blue Canyon

Head striking shed

Slightly injured

August 6

Mahoney, Pat

Employee

Woodland

Run over-intoxicated

Fatally injured

August 8

Hawkins, Geo

Passenger

Junction

Getting on train-intoxicated

Foot severely crushed

August 14

McElfresh, Geo

Employee

Sesma

Coupling cars

Slightly bruised

August 16

DeFrees, M.

Employee

Colfax

Fell off train

Foot sprained

August 18

Howell, Frank

Passenger

Caliente

Switching collision

Arm broken

August 18

Scribner, C. L.

Morris, Moses

Passenger

Employee

Pleasanton

Train broke apart

Severely bruised

Severely bruised

August 20

Moulton, Garry

Passenger

Oakland

Fell from train

Slightly bruised

August 24

Webster, M. C.

Employee

Lathrop

Coupling cars

Finger slightly injured

August 24

Dayton, T. J.

Employee

Oakland

Coupling cars

Finger amputated

August 24

Hammett, Geo

Passenger

Oakland

Crushed on ferry boat

Slightly injured

September 1

Jordan, L. C.

Employee

Junction

Coupling cars

Foot slightly injured

September 3

Barton, F. S.

Employee

Summit

Struck by engine

Slightly injured

September 3

Thomas, John

Other

Oakland

Run over (boy, playing

Foot amputated

September 6

Scott, M. A.

Passenger

Oakland

Jumped off train

Foot slightly injured

September 11

Quinn, Hugh

Other

Pino

Jumped off train-intoxicated

Severely injured

September 12

Geery, W. F.

Other

Ione

Cars getting off track

Fatally injured

September 13

Skally, J.

Passenger

Yuba

Jumped off train-intoxicated

Slightly injured

September 15

Nicholas, Elias

Employee

Truckee

Coupling cars

Finger cut off

September 17

McGuire, J. F.

Other

Niles

Run over (supposed)

Found dead

September 27

Milligan, John

Employee

Truckee

Coupling cars

Finger slightly injured

October 2

Kellogg, F.

Employee

Ione

Coupling cars

Finger cut off

October 3

Harrop, Samuel

Employee

Junction

Fell from train

Slightly bruised

October 6

Adams, "Jack"

Passenger

Truckee

Run over (supposed)

Found dead

October 10

Rossiter, J.

Employee

Emigrant Gap

Coupling cars

Thumb slightly injured

October 10

Fitzgerald, R.D.

Other

Milpitas

Train struck wagon

Severely injured

October 20

Fowler, Paris

Employee

Caliente

Coupling cars

Slightly injured

October 21

Bones, William

Employee

Acampo

Coupling cars

Thumb slightly injured

October 22

Daley, Hugh

Other

Blacks

Struck by train-suicide

Instantly killed

October 23

Steffy, J.

Employee

Oakland

Struck by train

Head severely injured

October 23

Kerrigan, Mrs.

Passenger

Oakland

Jumped from train

Leg broken

October 29

Hopkins, R. D.

Sharp, Henry

Radcliffe, W. M.

Knight, W. L.

Passenger

Employee

Employee

Employee

Elmira

Train ran into a burnt culvert

Slightly bruised

Slightly bruised

Slightly bruised

Slightly bruised

November 7

Shearer, Mrs.

Passenger

Alameda

Jumped from train

Leg broken

November 7

Edwards, F.

Employee

Oakland

Fell from train

Shoulder dislocated

November 9

Phillips, J.

Passenger

Sumner

Struck by a rail

Slightly injured

November 12

Benson, A.  F.

Passenger

Oakland

Jumped from train

Ankle dislocated

November 17

Tyler, Ed. (colored)

Other

Oakland

Fell from train-intoxicated

Both feet amputated

November 17

Van Winkle, F.

Employee

Lathrop

Coupling cars

Hands slightly injured

November 24

Lavatte, Aug.

Other

San Francisco

Run over

Seriously injured

November 29

Moore, Nicholas

Employee

Niles

Fell from train

Fatally injured

December 1

Heywood, Z. B.

Other

Oakland

Crossing track in a buggy

Bruised generally

December 5

Williams, Geo

Employee

Tehachapi

Coupling cars

Two fingers amputated

December 7

Cole, J. W.

Employee

Tipton

Fell from train

Instantly killed

December 16

Hoyt, William

Passenger

Oakland

Jumped off train

Hip dislocated

December 19

Graham, Mrs.

Other

Oakland

Struck by engine-intoxicated

Slightly Injured

December 23

Griffin, John

Other

Sunol

Struck by train-intoxicated

Fatally injured

December 26

Kean, John

Employee

Milton

Run over

Leg fractured

December 26

Connors, John

Passenger

Oakland

Getting on train-intoxicated

Arm amputated

December 29

McCormick, John

Other

Brighton

Run over-attempt at suicide

Arm amputated

 

 

Source: Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Transportation of the State of California, The Years ending December 31, 1877 and 1878.  Sacramento: State Office, F. P. Thompson, Superintendent State Printing, 1879.

 

Transcribed by Nancy Pratt Melton.

 


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