That was part of a headline on May 24, 1943. The previous evening, a train left Atlantic City, NJ at 9:oo pm and was due to arrive in New York city at 11:55 pm. The train was speeding around a sharp curve when it derailed in Camden County near the Delaware River Bridge (renamed the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in 1955) which connects Camden, NJ to Philadelphia, PA. The engine and first 7 cars derailed and it took over 2 hours to free everyone.
It was determined that the engineer was speeding and sadly resulted in 14 deaths and 91 injured. Three of the injured are my husband’s relatives. Two Great Grandmothers and a Grandmother were on that train. Injuries were listed in the paper and his Great Grandma Jennie Zacchia had an injured neck. His Grandma Matilda Zacchia had an injured left arm and
lacerations. His Great Grandma Rose Stanzione was also taken to the hospital but no injuries were listed.
Fortunately, they were okay and 2 years later in 1945, Matilda married Michael who is Rose Stanzione’s son. The families did know each other before the accident and the 3 women were all traveling together. It is good that they had each other to rely on in those harrowing moments after the accident.