Emigrant Gap, NV Railroad Accident, Sep 1874

Emigrant Gap, Sept. 23

A fearful accident occurred this afternoon on the Central Pacific Railroad by which DAN. GWYER, a brakeman was killed, and McGLONE engineer, FRANK CHINN and WM. GAINES carpenters, were severely if not fatally injured.

It was caused by a car loaded with lumber, getting away at Yuba Pass, McGLONE and GWYER were on the car letting it down to a suitable place to unload. When they found the brakes would not hold, and they could not stop, GWYER jumped off and afterward was run over and killed by an engine which was in pursuit of the wild car. McGLONE stayed with the car till it came down to an opening and then jumped off.

The car struck the new sheds half a mile east of here and tore down two hundred feet of it, wounding two men and killing a mule, then jumped the bank and went one hundred feet down the hill.

Nevada State Journal Reno 1874-09-24