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In Connecticut, a passenger train hits a cow and several carriages are derailed with injuries but no fatalities

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Around 7:30p.m., a passenger train on the Norwich Railroad, bound from New London to New Haven, Connecticut, rounded a curve near Branford and hit a cow standing on the tracks.  The locomotive did not derail but the baggage car and the first passenger carriage were not so lucky. The baggage car rolled down an embankment severely injuring several of the train's crew.  Twelve railroad employees were hurt but only one passenger, but none were killed, happily avoiding inclusion in the disturbing string of recent railroad fatalities.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Another Railroad Disaster: Passenger Train on the Norwich Road Thrown off the Track," New York Times, August 24, 1865, p.1.