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27 July 1913 (Sunday)

Investigation of accident on the Lehigh Valley Railroad,
near Slatington Pa., on July 27, 1913.
September 2, 1913.

On July 27, 1913, there was a rear-end collision between two freight trains, and passenger train ran into the Wreckage, on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, near Slatington, Pa., resulting in the death of 1 employee and the injury of 27 Passengers and 4 employees.

After investigation of this accident the Chief Inspector of Safety appliances submits the following report.

Where this accident occurred the Lehigh Valley Railroad is a double track road, operated under the automatic block signal system, disk signals being used. At the point where the accident occurred there is a slight descending grade toward the east, and the track is on a thirty-foot fill. Approaching from the west, signal No. 1072 can be seen for a distance of nearly a mile before it is reached. Proceeding eastward from this signal, there is a five-degree curve. 1480 feet in length. which is followed by a tangent of 1032 feet, and then there is a four-degree curve 750 feet in length, extending to signal No. 1062. The collision occurred about 100 feet east of this signal. At the time of the accident there was a light mist rising from the river near by, but signal lights could be seen plainly.

Source: Lehigh Valley Railroad: Route of the Black Diamond and The New York Times (28 July 1913)