Beowawe, NV Train Wreck, Sept 1905


RENO, Nev., Sept. 20. - Twenty-five persons at this hour (1:30 a. m.) are reported injured and one man, George Wareman, is dead, as the result of a terrible head-on collision on the Southern Pacific between two freight trains, followed by the rear-end collision between two passenger trains at a point nine miles west of Beowawe, between 6 and 7 o'clock last (Tuesday) evening.

The wreck, from the reports given out, was caused by one of the engineers on the freight trains running past his orders. An effort was made to stop the incoming passenger trains with success for the first section of No. 3, though a moment later the second section, said to be in charge of Engineer Ross and Fireman Tinville, plunged full speed into the first section. The engineer and fireman are reported among those injured, though this is not positively confirmed. Many more deaths are expected when complete details are in.

Physicians, nurses and supplies in addition to three wrecking trains are now either at the scene or rushing to it to render aid to the suffering. The office at Sparks will not give out any definite details. The railroad has just started a special train said to contain four badly injured passengers for the railroad hospital at San Francisco.

The local officials of the Southern Pacific have a slightly different account of the wreck from that given in the Associated Press dispatches. According to G. K. Smith, secretary to General Superintendent Buckingham of the Oregon Short Line and the Salt Lake division of the Southern Pacific, the westbound train, No. 3, was traveling in three sections when the wreck occurred. The first section had passed Harney, east of Reno, in safety, and the second section was stopped for some reason. A flagman was sent back and, according to the usual custom, placed torpedoes on the track. It is said that Engineer Ross, at the throttle of the third section, ran over the torpedoes, but for some reason did not heed them and ran into the rear end of the second section.

Mr. Smith says that they have received no infoirmation [sic] as to any deaths as a result or [sic] the wreck, but that several persons were injured. Among the most seriously injured are:

W. A. Rice, the express messenger, of the second section.

R. L. Hilden, passenger.

T. A. Griffin, employee.

H. C. Brown, porter of Pullman car.

Miss Nellie Lyele, passenger.

Mrs. T. H. Ripson, passenger.

Myrtle Alland, passenger.

A. S. Byrne, passenger.

Mrs. Isabella Philips, passenger.

Mrs. Thomas Mason, passenger.

Mrs. K. Arnalds, passenger.

The Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, UT 20 Sept. 1905