Train engineer George Schrick and conductor Edward Carey, in charge of the freight train on the Adirondack Railway, were horrified upon their arrival in the Saratoga yards to find the partial remains of a horse and parts of a sleigh and harness on the cowcatcher of their engine. Fearing a fatality, they set out to investigate and when they got to Earl's Crossing near Corinth, they found the remaining parts of the horse's body and parts of the sleigh strewed along the tracks.
Upon inquiry, they found that Almon Scoville, 50, slightly injured had been taken to the house of the nearest resident. The trainmen took farmer Scoville on the train to the Saratoga Hospital but beyond being badly bruised with scratches about his legs and a general shaking up, he was not injured. He admitted he had fallen asleep and the horse had apparently wandered on to the tracks. Scoville said he never woke up until he was carried into a neighbor's house.