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In Pennsylvania coal country, five drown when a rail passenger car falls into the Lehigh River

Railroad Accidents, iconic image
11/29/1860
After departing Mauch Chuck, Pennsylvania around mid-day, a train of the Beaver Meadow Railroad broke a rail at the Bear Creek Dam in present-day Luzerne County and its passenger car was thrown into the Lehigh River fifteen feet below.  As the car sank in around twenty feet of water, many of the twenty-eight passengers were able to break free and escape.  Four female passengers and the train's conductor were drowned, however.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Accident of the Beaver Meadow Railroad," New York Times, November 30, 1860 

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