Woody Station, CO Train Accident, Sept 1896



He Attempts to Board a Rio Grande Train and Is Hurled Beneath the Wheels Where His Body Is Mangled Beyond Human Semblance - Inquest To-day.

MARTIN ARBANY, a French boy, 17 years of age, the son of a rancher living near Woody, met with a horrible death at side bridge No. 2, at about 1 o'clock Monday night last. The scene of the accident is near Woody station and the boy who was no doubt trying to steal a ride into Aspen attempted to board the mixed accomodation[sic] that arrives here at 1:05 a. m. He missed his hold and was hurled beneath the train. Death must have come instantly and his body was horribly mangled, being literally ground to pieces.

The train has stopped for a few minutes at the station and before it started the headbrakeman, whose duty it is, walked from the caboose to the engine, inspecting each car to see that no tramps were on board. The train started as he sprang on the engine and ARBANY must have attempted to board the train just after it started. He tried as afterward shown to get on a coal car, the third from the engine. He was thrown beneath the car and the forward wheel of the rear truck struck him. The truck passed over his left leg tearing it from the body and on the channel bars of the truck is the imprint of a bloody hand which he evidently in his death agony threw out to grasp something. The force of the imprint beneath the rapidly turning wheels hurled his body directly on the rail in the way of the wheels of the next car and then beneath the successive trucks he was ground and mangled until blood, flesh and bones bespattered the track the full length of the train.

The accident was discovered instantly and the train men went back to the scene and after viewing it in all its sickening details left the remains where they were for the action of the legal officials.

The death of the boy was reported to DR. RAMSEY the coroner, who yesterday morning went to the scene and gathered up the remains and brought them to Aspen where they repose at the morgue. An inquest will be held at 10 o'clock this morning by the coroner and a jury.

The father of the boy, to whom the accident was reported, states that it was the intention of himself to come to Aspen yesterday morning in company with his two sons. The dead boy, however, had some money to collect in Woody and left home eight miles below there with the intention of getting the money, and then walking as he said into Aspen. He gave as an excuse for the night trip on foot instead of riding to town in the wagon, that he wanted to get in here early.

He arrived at Woody as he said and from there started to Aspen with the terrible result as told above. From all the evidence adduced it is evident that the boy owes his death to his own almost criminal idiocy and that the company is in nowise to blame for the accident.

Aspen Weekly Times Colorado 1896-09-19