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The Angola Horror: The 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads

Charity Vogel


On December 18, 1867, an eastbound New York Express train derailed as it approached the high truss bridge over Big Sister Creek, just east of the small settlement of Angola, New York. The last two cars of the express train were pitched completely off the tracks and plummeted into the creek bed below. When they struck bottom, one of the wrecked cars was immediately engulfed in flames as the heating stoves in the coach spilled out coals and ignited its wooden timbers. The other car was badly smashed. About fifty people died at the bottom of the gorge or shortly thereafter, and dozens more were i ... More

Keywords: train crash, Angola Horror, railroad accidents, New York Express, railroad technology, print media, public policy, railroads, death, mourning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449086
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charity Vogel, author
The Buffalo News