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Posted Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Feb. 23 Program at Morris Historical Society’s Acorn Hall

“These poor people…were cooked alive,” said John W. General during a 2016 interview about his documentary, Extra 1104, The Story of the Rockport Train Wreck.

Film logo with black and white image of train wreck in backgroundThe film depicts the 1925 train derailment in Mansfield Township, Warren County, that killed 42 passengers and 5 crewmen, and injured 23 others.

General, an associate producer at CNN Business, comes to Morris County Historical Society’s Acorn Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss his film about the tragic, yet little-known disaster that rocked this small New Jersey town. It is considered the worst disaster in Warren County history.

A Hackettstown native, General became intrigued by the accident that occurred so close to his home but he knew little about. Nine-one years ago, a series of events caused a Lackawanna Railroad train, largely carrying German immigrants, to catastrophically derail.

More information about the disaster is available in the Historical Society’s ongoing exhibit, Up in Smoke: Disasters That Made History in Northern New Jersey. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Feb. 19. Tickets for the event are $10 per adult, $9 for seniors, and $7 for students.

MCHS is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members.  For more information, call MCHS at 973-267-3465 or visit the MCHS website: MorrisCountyHistory.org.