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Near Bristol, Pennsylvania, two troop trains collide killing five and injuring many more

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03/07/1865
Near Bristol, Pennsylvania, on the Philadelphia and Trenton Railroad, a fast train carrying Union troops, many recently liberated from Confederate prison camps, ran into the rear of another train broken down on the tracks.  The collision was heavy and at least five people were killed and almost fifty others injured. This was not to be the last fatal accident involving recently freed Union prisoners.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
 J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 822.

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