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Night train from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh derails, injuring five passengers and damaging the mail car

Railroad Accidents, iconic image
04/02/1861
Just before midnight, the night mail train from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh broke an axle about fifteen miles from its destination and derailed near present-day Wall, Pennsylvania.  Several carriages ran down a fifteen foot embankment but only five of the eighty sleeping passengers aboard suffered minor injuries.  The mail carriage caught fire, however, when a stove overturned and several of the mail pouches burned.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Railroad Accident near Pittsburgh," New York Times, April 4, 1861 

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