Lomax, IL Fast Train Wreck, Aug 1954
FAST STREAMLINER CRACKS UP, KILLING 4.
53 PASSENGERS INJURED; 11 CARS LEAVE TRACKS.
Lomax, Ill. (AP) - The crack streamliner Santa Fe Chief derailed just east of Lomax yesterday en route from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Of approximately 200 passengers, four were killed and 53 were listed as injured. Only the locomotive and a mail car of the 13-car train held the rails.
The rest zigzagged along the track, some crashing into a parallel string of refrigerator cars on another track. All remained upright except No. 9, which rolled onto its side.
It was No. 9 which contained most of the victims.
Two of the dead were identified by Henderson County Coroner Dean F. Beals as EDWARD S. MONTY, Phelps, Wis., and MRS. GINA GUILFI, Albuquerque, N.M.
Another woman and a man, both unidentified, were killed.
At least 13 of the injured were in serious condition in hospitals in Burlington and Fort Madison, Iowa, across the Mississippi River.
A hospital train carrying doctors and nurses was dispatched from Chicago by Santa Fe officials but state police at the scene reported about two hours after the accident additional help was not needed.
Santa Fe's regularly scheduled Train No. 11 westbound to Fort Madison arrived at Lomax about an hour after the crash and took some of the injured to that city.
A Chief passenger, Dr. Edwin Henry Schorer, who proceeded on to Kansas City on another train after treating the injured at the scene, called it the worst wreck he had ever seen.
"The remarkable thing," he said, "was the lack of panic. I had to stop them from moving the injured before they were examined, but there was very little panic."
Among 30 patients taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Fort Madison were 11 in the hospital listed as being in serious condition. They were:
MRS. LOLA MEREDITH, Louisville, Ky.
FRANK OPANISKI, Duquesne, Pa.
MRS. GEORGE A. VETTER, Chicago.
MRS. DANIEL FRANI, 169 Orange Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.
MRS. CADELIA KANE, Chicago.
RAY B. PENCE, 816 Forest Ave., South Bend, Ind.
CAROLINE STACIONIS, 719 Kent.
O.C. WORTHAN, 2447 Benton, Kansas City, Mo.
MARGARET CONNAUTHAY, Wheeling, W. Va.
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