Thompson Station, MN Train Wreck, Oct 1891 - 5 Men Died

A TERRIBLE RAILROAD ACCIDENT.

GLENWOOD, Minn., October 27.---A rear-end collision occurred last night at Thompson station between the regular west bound freight and the extra following. The extra came at full speed, completely telescoping the caboose of the regular, killing O. E. Helms, a traveling salesman of St. Paul, and Fred Renn, Conrade Prince, Brazil Lisle and John Coffin, of Monticello, Minn. Renn was literally roasted to death, as he was found in the wreck on top of the boiler. Seven persons were injured. It is reported the "Zoo" Company has caused the arrest of Conductor Woodson and Engineer Smith, of the extra, the blame appearing to rest with them.

The Columbus Enquirer-Sun, Columbus, GA 28 Oct 1891

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DIED IN A TWINKLING.

Five Men Killed in a Wreck on the "Soo" Road.

SEVEN OTHERS INJURED.

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VICTIMS OF CARELESSNESS.

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 27.--A collision occurred on the "Soo" Road at Glenwood, killing five persons and seriously injuring seven others.

The collision occurred at 9:30 o'clock last night at Thomson station, eight miles east of here, between the regular west-bound freight and an extra following. The regular train was switching at the time the accident occurred. The extra came at full speed, completely telescoping the caboose of the regular, killing five persons and seriously wounding seven others.

The dead are:

O. E. HELMES, traveling salesman for Seabury & Co., St. Paul.
FRED RENN.
CONRAD PRINCE.
LYLE and JOHN COFFIN.

The four last named were from Monticello, Minn.

Physicians were hurriedly sent for and the wounded were well cared for. Mr. Helmes' body was torn to pieces. Fred Benn was probably roasted to death, as he was found in the wreck on top of the boiler.

It is reported the "Soo" Company has caused the arrest of Conductor Woodson and Engineer Smith, of the extra.

The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 28 Oct 1891