Morris IL, Train Accident, Aug 1912

WILL WAGNER IS CAUGHT BY CARS

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Foot Slips and Couplings Crush It.

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HAS A VERY BAD INJURY

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FEARED PORTION OF THE FOOT WILL HAVE TO BE AMPUTATED--WAS AT WORK WITH SWITCHING CREW GETTING LOADED CARS OUT FROM OAT MEAL MILL TRACKS--LINED COUPLINGS UP WITH HIS FOOT TO HAVE THEM CONNECT PROPERLY AND FOOT SLIPS IN BETWEEN.

Morris, IL Aug 22 - Will Wagner, conductor in charge of the Rock Island switching crew, received a serious injury while coupling cars at the oatmeal plant yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock.

It is feared he will lose part of one of his feet as a result. It is not yet certain that complications will not set in and that amputation of the entire foot will become necessary.

The switch engine had gone into the mill track to haul out the loaded cars for the day. Cars are equipped with patent bumpers, and they do not always couple when brought together. This was the case yesterday and following custom, Mr. Wagner pushed the coupling into the line with his foot.

Foot Slips and is Caught.

As the cars came together, however, his foot slipped off and as the two couplings came together it caught the front portion of his foot badly mashing the toes and portion of the foot back to the instep. The bones were crushed and the injury is a bad one.

Mr. Wagner fell to the side of the track, calling for assistance, and others of the crew went at once to his aid.

Dr. Palmer was immediately summoned, and Mr. Wagner was taken to the hospital, where the injury was given such attention as was possible. This morning a further examination was made and an operation delayed, awaiting further developments. The foot is so badly crushed there seems to be little hope that an operation can be avoided.

Mr. Wagner has charge of the terminal switching, as well as that in the Rock Island yards. He has been conductor in charge for about six months and this is the first serious accident that has happened since the crew has been at work here. Conductor Lonnie Jones a few months ago, suffered a badly sprained knee while at work, which laid him up for several weeks, but he sustained no permanent injury.

Morris Daily Herald 1912-08-22