Red Cloud, NE Train Wreck In Yard, Mar 1921


Disregard of signals caused a disastrous wreck in the local yards at about 5:30 Sunday morning when the last section of several trains of stock ran into an open switch, colliding with the switch engine working in the west end of the yards. The result of the collision was two men killed and ten cars of stock derailed, the switch engine nearly totally demolished, a car of cement destroyed and considerable damage done to a car loaded with sack cement.
As near as can be learned, the accident was due to carelessness on the part of Engineer RILEY, who with Fireman SCHELL KIMMELL were in charge of the locomotive of the stock train. Two semaphore signals were set against the stock train from the west and if regarded the engineer would have had his train under control when he came to the open switch, as it was he was unable to stop and crashed into the switch engine, manned by Engineer LAWRENCE and Fireman FOLEY. LAWRENCE and FOLEY jumped as did KIMMELL before the crash came, RILEY remaining on his engine.
LAWRENCE and KIMMELL were killed almost instantly after reaching the ground having been caught and pinned beneath the wreckage.
The remains of LAWRENCE were found and removed a short time after the accident but the remains of KIMMELL were not located until almost noon, the latter being considerably mutilated while the former only received slight bruised. Both bodies were found within a few feet of each other.
Thirteen cars were included in the wreckage, a car of hogs and one of cattle being killed, while a number of cattle and hogs were seen along the road injured more or less.
A drover's car containing some pedigreed stock and their owners, two men, was derailed but the contents uninjured. A coach standing on another track from which but shortly before about twenty stock men had gone for breakfast was derailed and damaged somewhat.
The wrecker from McCook, with Supt. MacLaren and Trainmaster Welch in charge, arrived at one o'clock and commenced cleaning up the mess and by sundown Monday little if any evidence of the wreck remained.
SCHELL KIMMELL was a son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Kimmell of McCook, the latter owner and publisher of the McCook Tribune, was but a young man. His remains were taken to McCook Monday morning where funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.
CHAS. LAWRENCE'S parents reside at Wray, Colorado, but his wife and child are making their home in Oxford. His remains were taken to Oxford and interment was made at Wray.
An investigation of the cause of the wreck is being made but to date no definite information has been made public.
Hundreds of cars of people from the territory surrounding Red Cloud appeared on the scene of the wreck Sunday, as did also many from the city.

Red Cloud Chief, Webster County Nebraska 1921-03-24