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Transcribed from the Altoona Sun May 1, 1874
THE OLD STORY. - On last Wednesday six men were
killed outright and one seriously injured in this vicinity
on the Pennsylvania railroad. The first one the list was an
unknown tramp who was walking on the track, near Huntingdon,
run over and instantly killed by a passing train.
On the same day Amos and Jacob Pardee, P. S. Irwin and
W. W. Irwin, bothers, and Jacob Bowden, all residing near the
Cherrytree, were walking on the track between Gallitzin and Cresson.
Noticing a freight train approaching they stepped on to the other
track to avoid it just in time to be hit by the pilot of the Pacific
Express which had approached them in their rear undiscovered, killing
four of them outright, W. W. Irwin escaping with a broken leg and other
injuries. Bowden was the only one of the number who was married.
These persons were returning from a trip down the river with lumber,
and had left the accommodation train at Gallitzin to walk across the
country, but finding the snow too deep returned to Gallitzin and started
on foot for Cresson, intending at the latter place to take the Ebensburg train.
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