Roy Station, UT Freight Train Collision, Jan 1902

FIREMAN DIES AT POST OF DUTY.

RIO GRANDE WESTERN EMPLOYE KILLED AT ROY STATION.

WRECK IN DENSE FOG.

ANOTHER MAN PROBABLY FATALLY INJURED.

Ogden, Jan. 8. -- At Roy Station on the Rio Grande Western seven miles south of Ogden, a southbound freight train crashed into a work train this morning, killing one man outright, fatally injuring a second and seriously injuring three others.
Both engines were demolished and half a dozen cars reduced to scraps. The wreck caught fire and burned for a short time before the flames were extinguished.
Killed:
FRANK COWELL, unmarried, Salt Lake; home in Grand Junction, Colo.
Severely Injured:
JAMES WOOLWINE, Salt Lake; may die.
D. C. GIBSON, Salt Lake.
Injured:
J. C. McNICHOLS, Salt Lake.
J. C. FRASER, Clinton.
The dense fog which submerged the landscape at the time was directly responsible for the accident, but the charge is also made that the crew of the work train had failed to protect their train by signal flags, though they were on the main line and knew the freight was expected.
The accident happened at just 8:40 a.m. The work train was engaged in ballasting the track with gravel, and the engine was attached to the rear of the train and was standing with the cars, a long train of flats loaded with gravel, on the main line a few rods south of the Roy canning factory switch. The freight train was No. 15, southbound, drawn by engine No. 600, with Engineer SHARP at the throttle and D. C. GIBSON, fireman.
Engineer SHARP said: "The fog was so dense I could only see a short distance ahead. I did not see the other engine till we were within about 200 feet of her. She had not been protected by signals of any kind at least I did not see any, not a flag anywhere."
"The work train crew had neglected to put out and signals to warn us, but they had reason to be on the lookout for us from 5:20 this morning until we should pass."

Salt Lake Herald Utah 1902-01-09