Marble City, OK Locomotive Boiler Explosion, Sep 1927



One man was killed, three injured, two critically, as the result of a boiler explosion on a Kansas City Southern freight train, Sunday afternoon at one o'clock, four miles north of Marble City.
BUD POWERS, fireman of Heavener is dead.
O. V. DANIELS, engineer, who was taken to a Fort Smith hospital, is seriously burned.
B. WILSON, fireman, is in a critical condition at Stillwell.
J. H. HUDDLESTON, head brakeman, is in a Fort Smith hospital, less seriously injured.
POWERS was 24 years of age. He leaves a wife and one child. The body was sent from Stilwell to Heavener for burial. WILSON, age 26, was reported in a favorable condition Monday by attendants at the Stilwell Hospital. WILSON was burned from his elbows to his finger tips, and from his knees to his feet. He is expected to recover.
Several carloads of Sallisaw people went to the scene of the accident Sunday afternoon.
When the engine dropped its crown sheet, the boiler exploded, POWERS was thrown to the ground. He died in a Stilwell hospital Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock. Engineer DANIELS was thrown through the cab upon the top of the engine tank, and scalded badly. The force of the explosion sent Fireman WILSON over the right of way fence.
HUDDLESON was not riding in the engine with the other three. He was in the car next to the engine and was scalded on the head and arms. With DANIELS, he was taken to the St. Edwards Mercy Hospital at Fort Smith. His condition is not believed to be critical. DANIELS is the most seriously injured of the three.
The force of the terrific explosion sent the engine up into the air and it landed with the drivers off the rail, plunging three feet into the ground. A wrecker worked for hours restoring the engine to the tracks but the main track was not cleared until 1:15 o'clock Monday morning.
William Weir, Kansas City Southern trainmaster said the cause of the accident has not been determined, but an investigation was underway.
There was no apparent defect in the engine, he said, and the train was carrying its usual tonnage. The explosion might have been due to the fact that the engine was running dry and this will be investigated he said.
Where the explosion occurred was at the top of a long grade, it is said.

Sequoyah County Democrat Oklahoma 1927-09-23