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    Cambria Freeman, 24 Oct 1902, Contributed by Patty Millich


Western express at 5:15 Wednesday morning, ran into a wreck one mile west of New Florence, badly damaging the engine and killing Fireman A. B. Corl, of Altoona, whose home is near Portage, this county.

The first wreck was caused by extra 275 running into the rear of extra 256, both eastbound on No. 2 track. The wreckage was tossed over in front of the passenger train. The dense fog prevented Engineer John Waters, who was hauling the passenger, from seeing the wreckage or the
signals of the freight crew, and his locomotive plowed into the wreck.

Fireman Corl was caught by a car truck, stripping the engine and some of the passenger cars.

The engineer of No. 9 escaped. The engine was damaged and the passengers in the train were tossed around the cars, some being thrown from their berths by the collision. Some of them sustained injuries but all were able to continue their journey.

The body of Fireman Corl was taken to Derry to be prepared for burial and later taken to his home in Portage, on Philadelphia express.

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