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Topics in Chronicling America - Train Wreck in Washington, DC, Dec. 30, 1906

On the foggy evening of December 30, 1906, a roaring steam locomotive crashes at full-speed into the back of three, flimsy, wooden passenger cars, sending bodies and debris flying for a quarter mile along the Baltimore & Ohio tracks, killing 53 people. As the huge locomotive lay hissing on its side, screams of agony pervaded the area as priests from the nearby Brookland Seminary administered last rites to the dead and doctors attended to the injured. It was the most disastrous train wreck in Washington, D.C. history. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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  • December 30, 1906. Train wreck on the B&O RR in DC. 53 people killed.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Train Wrecks, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, District of Columbia Disasters.

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