Memorial held to honor Perth Amboy firefighters killed in crash a century ago
A solemn ceremony was held in Perth Amboy on Tuesday to honor a group of firefighters killed in a crash 100 years ago.
Nine firefighters were killed on their way to a fire when the Barnegat Express train crashed into their firetruck.
A plaque dedicated to the tragedy was unveiled at the memorial.
"Six firefighters were killed instantly. Three more succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. Five firefighters were able to jump off the truck. The gate tender had not lowered the crossing gates, due to the fire alarm that was coming in,” says historian JohnLeo Fedorka.
The event is said to be the largest loss of firefighter's lives in a single accident in New Jersey.