Dotsero, Co Train Wreck - Killed and Injured, part 1







Heartrending Scenes Presented to the Rescuers – Cause of Collision Due to Engineer’s Misunderstanding.

Number of known dead………21
Identified dead …………………12
Unidentified dead ………………9
Seriously injured ………………40

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 16.- Twenty-one persons were killed and forty injured, many of them seriously, in a head-on collision between westbound passenger train No. 5 and an eastbound freight train on the Denver & Rio Grande railroad between Dotosero [sic] and Spruce Creek, twenty-two miles from Glenwood Springs, at 9:36 o’clock last night. Dead:
J.D. MAHON, Princeton, Ind.
A.A. HAMILTON, Polo, Ill.
W.C. KETTLE, Ashton, Neb.
MRS. MATTIE EZELL, Williston, N.D.
G.W. OLSON, St. Louis.
DR. ARVILLA A. OLESON, either from Hildreth, Neb., or Axtell, Neb.
REV. R.L. MEILEY, either from Brooklyn, N.Y. or Mechanicsburg, Pa.
J.C. DAVIS, of Davis-Bridaham Drug Company, Denver.
HENRY DUNN, St. Louis.

Unidentified Dead.
EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL, wearing plain ring on third finged [sic] of left hand.
TEN-YEAR-OLD BOY, light hair.
SIX-YEAR-OLD Girl, light hair and eyes.
WOMAN, full faced, brown hair, about thirty years old, wore blue plaid petticoat and Catholic brooch.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, no description, badly mutilated.
WOMAN, black hair, dark complexion, plain gold ring inscribed “Nancy”, shoes stamped Selby Shoe company, Portsmouth, O.
WOMAN, with read sweater, blue and white striped waist, about forty-five years old, weight about 110 pounds.
The unidentified are woman or children and bodies are badly mangled.

The List of Injured.

Following is the list of injured, many of them seriously:
John Rosso, laborer, Cleveland, O.
Thomas Elliott, Pendleton, Ia.
W. A. Darr, Ravenna, O.
T. B. Miller, Denver.
Mrs. E. Ganke, Napoleon, Mo.
W. M. Barber, Anthony, Kas.
J. H. Hayden and child, Buffalo, Okl.
Frend [sic] Jensen, Iowa Falls, Ia.
Mrs. Nellie J. Morton, Standish, Cal.
Mr. A. W. McCauley and child, Los Angeles.
J. B. Thompson, Brookings, S.D.
F. Chandler, Denver.
Clyde E. McCowan, Pullman conductor.

The following injured are in the county hospital:
Charles M. Wilson, Denver, badly bruised about the head.
W. O. Vinack, Omaha, in a serious condition.
Phillip Peters, jr., [sic] express messenger on passenger train No. 5, Denver, badly bruised.
Clarence Vassau, Middlebury, Vt., cracked knee cap and badly bruised.
W. H. Jefferies, engineer on freight, broken leg.
H. B. Schuler, chief of police, Covington, Ky.
S. J. Martin, sergeant of police, badly bruised and cut about the head. He will be blind.
L. J. Ezell, Williston, N.D.
Margaret Ezell, Williston, N.D., lower limbs badly cut.
Lillian Mahon, Princeton, Ind., serious condition. She says her husband was killed.
Gus Olson, engineer on the passenger train, badly bruised about the head.
I. Wheeler, fireman, head and shoulders bruised.
Harvey Mitchell, Salida, dislocated hip and badly bruised.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Manee, Rockland, Cal., both injured internally.
Areiris Rontocciamis, Fort Worth, Tex., badly injured.
Aris Volopolis, Fort Worth, Tex., badly bruised.
G. S. Bennett, Farmington, Wash., slightly injured.
Thomas Cadawallader, vice presiedent [sic] and general salesman of Illinois Express company, Joliet, Ill.
Two small boys, names unknown, bruises.

The rest of the injured not serious and cannot be found at hotels tonight. Presumably they have left the city.

Wreck Due to Misunderstanding.

While nothing official has been given out as to the cause of the wreck, it is said to have been due to a misunderstanding of orders on the part of Engineer Gustaf Olson of the passenger. Olson, however, claims he understood his instructions perfectly, but the he misread his watch, thus encroaching on the time of the freight train which was being drawn by two locomotives, the first of which was in charge of his brother Sig Olson.

When the news of the catastrophe reached Glenwood Springs every available physician and nurse in the city was pressed into service and a relief train was soon on the scene, a scene never to be forgotten in its gruesomeness and horror. The work of rescue was immediately begun. Body after body was taken from the wreckage and for a time it appeared as though the heart-rending task would never be completed.
As bodies were taken from the ruins they were laid side by side on a bier of snow amid the agonizing shrieks of husband, wife, child and parent as they searched among the dead for their loved ones, many of whom were mangled beyond all recognition.

Fate of Nebraska Family.

A pathetic feature of the accident was the killing of a father and mother, leaving two small helpless children, the eldest being four years old, the youngest two. The elder boy told a nurse at the sanitarium that his father called him and this is all he will say. From a fellow passenger it was learned that the family was en route to Grand Junction to visit relatives. It is supposed the MR. and MRS. KETTLE, whose names are among the dead, were the parents of these little ones who are badly injured.
Another sad case was the destruction of an entire family with the exception of an infant of three months. This helpless child was taken care of by a kind family at Shoshone, who into intend to adopt the sole survivor of a one happy family.

On [sic] of the remarkable incidents of the wreck was the miraculous escape form the ill-fated chair car of a Mr. Stall, of Pueblo, Colo., salesman for a commission firm of that city. Mr. Stall escaped without a scratch, but soon afterwards suffered a severe nervous shock and is tonight on the verge of a nervous collapse.

Fireman John Anderson, of the freight crew, who escaped injury in a remarkable manner, tonight said: “I was turning with my shovel toward the tender, when the glare of a headlight shone in my eyes. There was but one thing to do and that was to leap. There was too much excitement to remember where I landed. My first thought as in the case of the engineers, was to assist the injured passengers.”

None of the standard sleepers left the track, and no one was killed or injured in these cars, most of the dead and injured being removed from the ruins of the chair car which was split completely in twain.

Continued, part 2 (below)