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

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 
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Crime/Disasters
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