Finley, ND Train Wreck, Dec 1911

Six Persons Killed and Thirteen Injured in a Great Northern Wreck

Cars Thrown From Track by Broken Rail and Fire Adds to the Horror.


SHARON, N. D., Dec. 30.---The Great Northern officials report the dead in the wreck at Finley, as follows:
ALBERT LODGE, St. Paul, cook on diner.
JOSEPH MOSHER, cook at Bethel hotel, St. Paul.
M. MAHONEY, brakeman, Whitefish, Mont.
MRS. MARTHA KEELER, passenger, Kallspell, Mont.
One male passenger, body not identified.
Two-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bailey, Bottenan, N. D. Bailey is agent of the Great Northern at Bottenau, N. D.

SHARON, N. D., Dec. 30.---Train No. 3 of the Great Northern railway, the Oregonian, was wrecked four miles west of Finley today with a loss of six known dead and 13 injured. The wreck was due to a broken rail.
The train left St. Paul at 9:25 o'clock this morning bound for Seattle. On the train, in his private car. was J. M. Gruber, general manager of the Great Northern, who escaped unhurt. His car went off the track but remained upright.
Of the injured, only two were seriously hurt, according to the officials of the Great Northern.

Wreck Catches Fire.
The dining car, the tourist car and the first and second day coaches turned over. The dining car, tourist car and the first-class day coach rolled down a 20-foot embankment. The tourist and dining cars caught fire and were burned.
Efforts were made to put out the flames with fire extinguishers, snow and wet blankets, but without avail.
The sleeper left the track, but stood upright. The fatalities all were in the dining car. Physicians were rushed from Sharon and Finley and the injured were hurried to this place and to Finley. Wrecking crews were ordered from Devils Lake and Breckenridge, and it was thought the road would be clear tonight.

Woman Tells of Horror.
Mrs. Nellie Frank of Chicago was able to talk of the wreck.
"The first thing I knew," she said. "the car was pitching over and in an instant was upside down. Then it settled on its side. As it settled down and the grinding crash of the timbers and steel ceased, there arose groans of despair from those who had been hurt.
"Women who had traveled with children could be heard frantically calling for them. What had been just a moment before a car of comfort had turned into a car of horror.
"Almost in an instant we could hear the calls of 'fire' from the rear, and I heard some one in the car who had been seriously injured piteously begging to be rescued.
"Most of them, I believe, were got out of the cars, but the whole thing has been so horrible that I cannot remember now of anybody in particular who appeared to be unable to help himself at the time."

At the bottom of the embankment there is a slough frozen over at this time, but the heat of the fire melted it to a depth of about six inches and added to the obstacles met by the rescuers.

The Idaho Weekly Statesman, Boise, ID 1 Jan 1912