This just in from the Historical Society of Montgomery County:
On May 12, 1899, after spending the day in Harrisburg for the dedication of a statue to Montgomery County’s native son, General John F. Hartranft, the weary travelers from Montgomery County were eager to return home. They boarded two trains bound for Norristown.
Suddenly at a point in Exeter, Berks County, the silence was broken by the wrenching of the train from its track and the piercing sound of twisted metal, as one train slammed into another. Twenty-nine people were killed, many of them Norristown natives who are buried in Montgomery Cemetery.