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EBERLY, Bert


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    Cambria Freeman, 20 Nov 1903, Contributed by Patty Millich

Two Killed in a Railroad Accident

Two engines running on the Cambria & Clearfield Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad ran together at Bradley's Junction in a fog at 5:30 o'clock last Saturday morning. The collision resulted in both locomotives being badly wrecked and in the deaths of Fireman A. M. Weakland of No. 1917 Eleventh avenue, Altoona, and Brakeman Bert Eberly of Cresson and injury to Engineer J. Hayes Buck of No. M., Washington avenue, Engineer V. A. Quartz of Cresson and Fireman Faber Kaylor of Cresson.

The collision was an outcome of a misunderstanding of orders and would likely have been averted only for the heavy fog which hung over the tracks. Engine No. 192 which was hauling a train to Cresson, played out and Engineer Buck and Fireman Weakland were running it to the shops for repairs. Engine 1639 in charge of Engineer Quartz and Fireman Kaylor and carrying Bert Eberly, a brakeman, to fill out the train crew was sent out from Cresson to replace the No. 192.

The accident was reported to Cresson and a train was dispatched to carry the dead and injured to that place. Buck was taken to the hospital at Altoona while Quartz and Kaylor went to their homes at Cresson.

Anthony W. Weakland was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Weakland of near Hastings, Cambria county. He was aged twenty-three years and for a year past had resided on Eleventh avenue, Altoona. Besides his parents he is survived by his wife and one daughter, Emelda, and three brothers - Gilbert and Frank of Pittsburg and Henry of Altoona. The remains were prepared for burial by Undertaker Lynch and interment was made on Monday at Hastings.

Bert Eberly was aged twenty-three years and was a native of Loretto. He was married about a month ago to a young lady of Loretto who survives him as do also his parents. The remains were buried at Loretto.

This wreck has attracted a great deal of attention among railroad men as it possessed many remarkable features. Both engines were Class H engines, both were running light and about the same rate of speed. Neither engine left the track. The railroad where they struck was forced down over a foot. The pony wheels on both were ground into fragments. The two engines were stripped clean of all fixtures, and so tightly were they wedged together that it took six engines to pull them apart.

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