[The summary to the right is based on one appearing in Train Wrecks Crashes and Disasters 1934 - 1955 (Questar Video, Inc. 1995) at 27m:30s.]
Some of the details contained in the synopsis are taken from the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission's Investigation Report into the collision. I take that Report to be more accurate and reliable than subsequent press accounts which offer different figures for the speed of the collision and the number of casualties.
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SYNOPSIS OF THE COLLISION|
||Richmond Hill, NY (today's Kew Gardens, NY). Some sources describe the location as Jamaica, NY.
||November 22, 1950
||6:29 PM EST
||Long Island Rail Road
||Rear End Collision. Colliding train moving at more than 30mph, impacted train stationary.
Penn Sta. to Hempstead
Departed 6:09 PM
William Murphy, Motorman
Betram Biggam, Brakeman
Penn Sta. to Babylon
Departed 6:13 PM
Benj. Pokorny, Motorman
||78 dead / 363 injured
||Offcially determined to be disregard of a Go Slow signal by the motorman of the Babylon train.