Waipahu, Oahu, HI Train Collision, Aug 1916



Two Japanese laborers were killed and 18 injured Thursday night when two trains on the Oahu Plantation railway crashed together near Waipahu. Deputy Sheriff John Fernandez of Ewa, coroner of that district, took charge of the injured and conducted an inquest for the dead.
Plantation authorities say one train was backing down a hill between 6 and 7 o'clock and another string of cars was being pushed up the hill. There were no lights on the rear of one or the front of the other. Laborers in the cars which collided were the victims.
Neither engine crew was hurt as the locomotives were on the opposite ends of their respective trains and did not meet.
Two or three cars directly adjacent to the colliding ones were telescoped, otherwise damages were slight.
The Honolulu police department was not informed of the accident. Police officials here say it is not customary for a deputy to report matters of that nature to the office here if he is able to handle the situation himself.

Accident Board Notified.
Reports on the Oahu Sugar Company plantation railway wreck were received Saturday from the plantation management by Chairman A. J. Campbell of the industrial accident board, and were turned over to the office of the board this morning to be acted on at the next meeting, which will probably be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

Dead Left Families.
The two Japanese laborers killed in the wreck were MASAGIRO MATSUHIMA, whose chest was crushed, death resulting the following day; and SAKUTA KAVANA, who died from injuries to his head. KAVANA leaves a widow and two sons in Japan and MATSUHIMA a widow and two children at Waipahu.
There are 18 injured Japanese laborers, who will be disabled for periods ranging from five days to three and four weeks.
The industrial accident board is expected to meet at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon to take up the accident reports made by the plantation. The board is required to meet every two weeks, but has been meeting practically every week of late, owing to the amount of business on hand.

Compensation Varies.
Compensation for the families of the dead men varies according to the wages they earned and the number of children they have left. The victims earned an average of $1 a day.
Compensation for death of an employee in an accident ranges from 40 to 60 percent of his average weekly wages, depending on the number of children left, and is paid weekly for a period of 312 weeks, six years.
Recently several cases have come before the board where widows of industrial accident victims have requested a lump sum instead of weekly payments. Last week the widow of a man killed in an accident at Honolulu plantation requested a lump sum of $1000 instead of weekly payments. The board is now arranging for the appointment by the court of a trustee under bonds who will make monthly payments to the widow, until the entire amount is paid.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin Hawaii 1916-08-07