Randolph, MO Train Wreck, May 1909
WILL SURVIVE INJURIES
No Fatalities Expected in Randolph, Mo., Wreck
KANSAS CITY, May 15. -- It is believed that none of the twelve persons injured will die as a result of the wreck of the Buffalo-Colorado limited passenger train, west bound, near Kansas City last night. The train, which was Wabash No. 9, one of the first through trains to be used in the combination Union Pacific-Wabash transcontinental service, recently inaugurated, crashed into a steel twin bridge, spanning what is known as the Rush river, a creek one mile north of Randolph. The bridge piers had been undermined by recent high waters and the fact that the train was proceeding at a slow speed was all that prevented a fearful disaster. The engine and the baggage and mail cars crashed into the bridge.
The engine was nearly clear of the trestle when the structure gave way. The engine went down landing on the zank [sic] of the stream. The mail car and the baggage car folded together and hung suspended over the river. The first passenger coach was thrown off the track and stopped, and this alone saved it and the cars following. With the first creaking of the structure, W. P. Carlisle, the engineer, and his fireman, Ira Iles, both of Moberly, Mo., jumped and escaped with severe bruises. In the first passenger coach eight passengers were injured more or less seriously, and the 100 others in the remainder of the train were shaken up.
The express manager and his assistant and the mail clerks, with the exception of W. G. Whitehead of St. Louis climbed from their car and escaped with light hurts. Whitehead was precipitated into the water but soon reached the bank. He was badly though not seriously hurt.
John Utz, a brakeman from Kansas City, was the most seriously injured but it is believed he will recover.
The other injured included:
Frank Fletcher, Indianapolis, passenger, scalp wounds, leg broken.
J. E. Witcher, St. Louis, passenger, bruises and scalp wound.
W. B. Bryant, conductor, Ferguson, Mo., scalp wound.
Richard Litz, deadhead brakeman, scalp, internal injuries.
The injured were brought to Kansas City and placed in the German hospital.
The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE, 16 May 1909