Salt Lake City, UT Head On Train Collision, Dec 1946


Salt Lake City, Dec. 14. -- (AP) -- A special Western Pacific passenger train crashed head-on into a freight train eight miles west of here early this morning, injuring at least 42 persons, including many Texans.
Among those seriously hurt was CLARENCE SIMPSON of Coleman, Texas, and V. A. MARTIN of Salt Lake City, fireman on the freight engine who leaped just before the collision.
Others injured in the collision included:
MRS. CLARENCE SIMPSON, Coleman, Texas, hand injury.
MRS. RAY JONES, Coleman, undetermined.
MRS. BERTHA SIMPSON, 51, of Colorado City, Texas, injured neck and back.
SAM WAHLFORD, Bradshaw, bruised knee.
MRS. SAM WAHLFORD, Bradshaw, bruised knee.
WILL C. BARRY, 64, of Colorado City, Texas, injured back.
The two trains, the passenger carrying 201 homeward bound Texas and Louisiana delegates from the American Farm Bureau convention in San Francisco, ground together at 9:15 a.m., central standard time. J. F. LYNCH of Elko, Nev., Western Pacific division assistant superintendent, said the freight train engineer, DENNIS McKENNA of Salt Lake City, reversed his throttle before the crash, cushioning the impact and preventing greater damage.
The freight a 14-car local, had been scheduled to turn into a nearby siding for the passenger to go by, LYNCH said. He said the passenger train engineer, L. H. SORESON of Salt Lake City, had slowed the special to about 12 miles per hour at the time of the impact.
The two locomotives were locked together in a jumble of wreckage, the freight engine a foot off the tracks.
Unhurt passengers continued their journey to Salt Lake City in sight-seeing buses which they had chartered for use during a stop-over here.

Among the more seriously injured who were kept at the St. Mark's hospital after the Western Pacific train wreck Saturday morning were:
V. A. MARTIN, 53, passenger train fireman, Salt Lake City, severe face lacerations and bruises.
CLARENCE SIMPSON, 54, Coleman, Tex., severe bruises.
MRS. RACHAEL VILLIEN, 49, Maurice, La., face lacerations and fracatured jaw.
MRS. N. LLOYD TANNER, 57, Texarkana, Tex., bruises, back injury.
MRS. DONNIE JAMISON, 51, Texline, Tex., fracture of a lumbar vertebrae.
MRS. BERNICE SCHUTZ, 60, Channing, Tex., head injury.
MRS. LEILA THOMAS, 49, Dallas, Tex., back and hip injury.
ROBERT A. FUCHS, 54, Brenham, Tex., fractured right leg.
WILLIAM C. BERRY, 64, Colorado City, Tex., back injuries.
None of the hospitalized victims was listed in critical condition. In addition to those hospitalilzed approximately 30 other passengers were treated for minior cuts and bruises and/or given X-ray examinations.
N. LLOYD TANNER, 60, Texarkana, Tex., back injuries.
MRS. MATTYE BARBER, 37, Iowa Park, Tex., shock.

The Abeline Reporter News Texas 1946-12-15