Wister, OK Train Wreck, Jan 1910

FIRE TRAMPS BURN TO DEATH IN WRECK

WISTEE [sic], Oklahoma, Jan. 13. -- Five tramps, names unknown, were burned to death in a wreck on the Rock Island railroad ten miles from here last night. 

The incineration was due to the collapse of a bridge upon which the freight train was passing on the way to El Reno, exploding acid and oil, which caught fire and exploded.

Riverside Independent Enterprise, Riverside, CA 14 Jan 1910

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FREIGHT TRAIN IS WRECKED.

Oil Sets Fire to Wreckage and Bridge, and Seven Tramps Lose Their Lives

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.

Wister, Ok., Jan. 13. -- Westbound Rock Island freight train, running at a rate of about thirty miles and hour, crashed through a 100-foot bridge ten miles east of Wister late this afternoon.  The train was composed of about a dozen cars loaded with acids and oils, which exploded and set fire to the wreckage and the bridge.

Seven tramps perished in the flames.

Traffic is interrupted until the wreckage is cleared and repairs are made.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 14 Jan 1910