Walker, MN Train Wreck, Feb 1909


(News Tribune Special)

BRAINERD, Minn., Feb. 10. -- Superintendent Strachan, of the Minnesota & International railroad, fully agrees with the answer to the old conundrum, "What is better than the presence of mind in a railroad accident?" The answer is "absence of body." Mr. Strachan intended going north in the company's business car attached to the No. 31 Tuesday afternoon, but changed his mind and postponed his trip. When the train was standing taking water at Walker on its way north it was struck by Engine No. 13 which was pulling the north-bound local freight, Engineer Stillings being at the throttle.  The freight [train] was following the passenger [train] and because of the snow storm Mr. Stillings was unable to see the passenger train until too close upon it to stop his train until it struck.  The draw-head on the rear coach, was smashed and the draw-bar pulled out of the mail car.  Fortunately no one was hurt.  Had the business car, which is very light, been on the rear of the passenger train there is little doubt that it would have been crushed and some of the occupants injured if not killed.

The same evening a log fell from a car at Turtle River and broke a switch, derailing several cars. Little money damage, however, was done and passenger traffic was not delayed.

Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, MN 11 Feb 1909