Jefferson Barracks, MO Railroad Collision, Apr 1885

A FRIGHTFUL COLLISION.

ON THE IRON MOUNTAIN RAILWAY NEAR ST. LOUIS.

TWO MEN KILLED, OTHERS HURT.

EX-GOVERNOR JOHN C. BROWN AMONG THE LATTER.

A TRAIN DISPATCHER BLAMED.

A SPECIAL TRAIN WITH RAILROAD OFFICIALS CRASHES WITH AN ACCOMMODATION.

Fatal Wreck on the Iron Mountain Road.
St. Louis, April 27. - A special train bearing a number of passengers and Missouri Pacific railroad officers left here this afternoon, via the Iron Mountain Road, on a tour of inspection of the Texas & Pacific railroad. When eight miles below Jefferson Barracks, or about 20 miles from this city, the train collided with an up-bound accommodation from Montasano Springs, and quite a serious wreck was the result. PHILIP TALAND, an engineer in the operative department of the Pennsylvania road, and LOUIS CHRISTE, a fireman on the special train, are reported to have been killed, and several others of the party are said to be more or less wounded, but none seriously.

Later Particulars.
The accident occurred 17 miles below this city between 1 and 2 o'clock this afternoon. Two persons were killed and several others injured. A special train, consisting of a baggage car, a Pullman sleeper and two director's cars, bearing a party of Texas & Pacific and Missouri Pacific officials, collided with the Montasano accommodation. Both trains were running pretty fast and came together on a sharp curve under a high cliff on the river bank. The crash was terrific and completely wrecked both locomotives, but neither train was injured much. Both engineers reversed their engines and applied the air brakes, but there was no time to save themselves, and they and their firemen went into the wreck with their engines.
WILLIAM STEVENSON, the engineer of the special train, received a concussion of the spine and was injured internally.
His fireman, LOUIS CHRISTE, had both legs torn off, his chest crushed in and was killed.
JOHN McGovern, the engineer of the Montasano train, was thrown into the river and was not hurt. His fireman received only slight injuries.
PHILIP TALAND, a nephew of Gen. Wistar, of the Texas & Pacific road, and connected with the locomotive department of the Pennsylvania railway, was riding on the engine of the special train, and was frightfully mangled, one leg being torn off and his chest crushed in, killing him instantly.
The other members of the party were in the rear car and were somewhat shaken up, but the most seriously injured were ex-Gov. BROWN, general solicitor of the Missouri Pacific, who had one of his shoulders dislocated, and GEN. WISTAR, who was slightly hurt about the head.
Medical aid was summoned as speedily as possible and all brought to the city. Engineer STEVENSON was taken to the railroad hospital and GOV. BROWN and GEN. WISTAR are at the Southern hotel.
The body of MR. TALAND was placed in charge of an undertaker, and that of CHRISTE, the fireman, was left at Carondalet. The special train had the right-of-way but owing to a misunderstanding of the train dispatcher, Mr. Burns, the Montana train was not ordered to wait till the special had passed.
An inquest on the body of TALAND was held this evening and Burns was declared responsible for his death.

The Dallas Daily Herald Texas 1885-04-28