The driver of the train survived but then disappeared and was later picked up by police at his home. He maintained he blanked out and did not even know how he got home.
In fact, the fellow was the victim of labor strife, as the regular drivers went on strike and he was ordered to do their job, even though he had no real experience in it.
The scene, as one might imagine, was horrific, a localized and criminal-less version of the Trade Center, with the crash reportedly having been heard a mile away.
Oddly, there is no memorial at the present Prospect Park station and few people in the area know of the disaster.
[photo here is by Steve Duncan of UnderCity fame.]
The "A Year in the Park" blog took a stroll around the vicinity of the actual crash site, and strangely even transit employees were unaware of the Malbone event, so named for the Malbone Street beneath which the catastrophe occurred.
The anniversary falls on the Day of the Dead, which according to the historian's source book, wiki, falls on the first and second of November, All Saints and All Souls days respectively.
One good outcome of Malbone was that the city decided that steel, and not wood, was the appropriate material for vehicles carrying so many people at such speeds.
The above photo was found on the etsy website (whatever etsy means) with a nice, brief description of what happened. The caption says starkly: "This photo shows the Malbone Street Tunnel in Brooklyn, site of the worst disaster in the history of the NYC Subway."
The New York Times account from back then (as carried now on a city subway web site) was fascinating.