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Anonymous
Some other early accidents
Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:27
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The accident on the Granite Railway caused injury to non-paying passengers (visitors), plus perhaps a company employee(?) on a freight-only line, which was probably not a common-carrier. It also seems to be the first fatal accident involving the derailment of a rail car.

There were 2 ealier incidents where railway workers were killed:

In December 1830, the driver of a horse-drawn car on the B&O was jostled from his seat on a crowded car, and fell to his death under the wheels. He was not a B&O employee, but worked for a stagecoach company under contract to operate the B&O's animal-powered cars.

On June 17, 1831, the Best Friend of Charleston's boiler exploded, killing one man. This was most likely the fireman, who allegedly held down the safety valve, causing the blast. He was a slave, but was acting in the capacity of (in place of) a paid employee.

The first railroad accident with fatalities to paying passengers on a common-carrier, would be the November 11, 1833 accident on the Camden & Amboy at Hightstown, New Jersey.

  • The first recorded railroad accidentIndiana R.R. Man, Wed Mar 28 13:01
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    • Some other early accidents — Anonymous, Thu Apr 10 12:27
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