Afton, IA Train Wreck, Sept 1887


Nine Persons Injured in a Railroad Collision Yesterday.

DES MOINES, Sept. 7.--The fast mail on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad ran into a regular passenger train westward bound near Afton this afternoon. The passenger train had been detained by a freight and the fast mail failed to notice the signal stop.

The list of injured is chiefly confined to the sleeper on the rear end of the passenger train as follows:

Infant child of Rev. A. E. Mosher, of Creston, killed.
Mrs. Mahor, head and arms badly cut, will probably die.
Charles Cook, Brooklyn, wife and two sons, youngest son 4 years old, fearfully scalded, probably fatally; other members of the family not seriously.
L. J. Grey, Greenfield, Ia., horribly cut.
K. C. Fullerton, of Chillicothe, Wis., spine injured.
Sarah Grimniger, Cleveland, O., scalded.
Miss Anna Morrell, Red Oak, Ia., face and arm scalded.
J. A. Bailey and wife, of Michigan, both injured in back and slightly scalded.
G. Brockman and wife, of Michigan, slightly scalded.
The injured are being cared for at the Summit House, Creston, and are doing as well as could be expected.

The engineer and fireman of the fast mail saved themselves by jumping. It was in rounding a sharp curve that the disaster occurred. The passenger train was concealed from view. A few miles back the mail train had been flagged by a passenger on account of some freight. When the collision occurred the mail train was only going twenty miles an hour, a circumstance that prevented a much more horrible catastrophe.

Saginaw News, Saginaw, MI 8 Sept 1887