Kearney, MO Train Wreck, Mar 1908

SPREADING OF THE RAILS.

CAUSES DERAILING OF A PASSENGER TRAIN ON THE BURLINGTON AT KEARNEY, MO.

TWENTY INJURED, FOUR SERIOUSLY.

AFTER LEAVING THE RAILS ALL THE CARS BUT THE SMOKER TURNED OVER AND WENT HALF WAY DOWN A FIFTEEN-FOOT EMBANKMENT -- TRAIN NOT RUNNING FAST WHICH PROBABLY PREVENTED MORE SERIOUS RESULTS.

Kansas City, Mo., March 7. -- Burlington passenger train No. 4, which left Kansas City at 7:30 this morning for Chicago, was derailed at Kearney, Mo., 25 miles north of here, and went over a fifteen-foot embankment. Twenty persons were injured, four seriously.
The seriously hurt:
J. D. GUYTON, Kansas City, horse buyer; head cut and otherwise injured.
R. E. WILSON, Kansas City, horse buyer; hip broken, hurt internally.
CHAPELL, young divinity student, studying at Liberty, Mo.
A traveling man from the north, name unknown, unconscious.
None of the other injured was seriously hurt, their injuries consisting mostly of cuts and bruises.
The wrecked train was made up of a baggage car, smoker, and two coaches. It is an accommodation train that stops at every station between Kansas City and Chicago and was not due in Chicago until Sunday morning. The accident was cause by spreading rails. The train was not running fast and this fact prevented more serious results. All but the smoker turned over and went half way down the embankment.
Physicians were sent to the scene from Brookfield and Kearney. The injured were cared for promptly and placed in the smoker until they could be taken to Kearney. There they were picked up by a later train and most of them continued on their journey.

The Mansfield News Ohio 1908-03-07