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“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, depicting the 1925 train derailment in Mansfield Township that killed 42 passengers, five crewmen and injured 23 others.
General, an associate producer at CNN Business and a motion designer and video producer, comes to Morris County Historical Society’s Acorn Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 to discuss his film about the tragic, yet little-known disaster that rocked a small New Jersey town and is still 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 unfortunate events caused a Lackawanna Railroad train, largely carrying German immigrants, to catastrophically derail. More information about the disaster is available in our 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.