Wever, KS Freight Train Wreck, Jul 1899


A Freight Train on the Santa Fe Meets With an Accident at Weaver, Kan., Thorough Negligence

Eudora, Kan., July 27. -- Freight train No. 35 on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railway was wrecked at Wever, a potato station 25 miles west of Kansas City, yesterday, causing a loss of about $2,500. The engine was broken from the tender and both were damaged. Six cars were wrecked. The accident was due to the negligence of the trainmen of No. 29, a local freight train, who, after setting some empty cars on a siding, had forgotten to close the switch, and No. 85 plunged into the empty cars at full speed. The engineer and firemen saved themselves by jumping. Twenty negro potato diggers asleep in an empty car on an adjacent siding had a close call. The fast mail westbound was delayed five hours, and No. 3 and No. 8 nearly as long.

Parsons Weekly Blade, Parsons, KS 19 Jul 1899

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