The westbound train hit a spot between Hardwick and East Hardwick where the rails had spread from spring thaw. The passenger coach and the baggage car rolled down the enbankment with the coach partly in the Lamoille River. The engine remained on the tracks. William L. Bailey, owner of the Bailey Stock Farm in East Hardwick, who had just boarded the train, was killed instantly. Although several employees of the railroad had lost their lives in St. J and Lamoille County, Bailey was the only passenger to die in the Railroad’s history.