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Eden, CO Train Disaster, Aug 1904

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The Eden train wreck of August 7, 1904, occurred when the No. 11 Missouri Pacific Flyer from Denver, Colorado to St Louis, Missouri crossed the Dry Creek arroyo bridge near Eden Station, 8 miles north of Pueblo, Colorado. As the engine crossed the bridge, a flash flood wave passed over the trestle shearing off the front half of the train and dragging 97 people to their deaths with 14 missing

The engineer, Charles Hinman had been given a thunderstorm caution and had slowed the train to 10-15 mph to watch for washaways. After the engine had crossed the creek, a large wave threw the cars over to the right, broke the coupling to the rear 2 Pullman and dining cars, and dragged the engine backwards into the river. The Pullman's porter, Melville Sales of St. Louis, quickly pulled the emergency air brakes saving the remaining passengers. The front Pullman car was left hanging four feet over the edge of what remained of the bridge.

Of the 100 people in the engine, baggage, smoking and chair cars, 3 passengers and 1 fireman escaped from the wreckage, the fireman being thrown from the engine and the 3 survivors escaping from the smoking car. Eyewitness reports say 29 people were saved in the rear of the train; newspapers accounts vary. - wikipedia.org

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