Lyle, WA Train Collision, Dec 1935


Lyle, Dec. 18. -- (AP) -- EUGENE RILEY, of Spokane, was killed and two other trainmen injured when an east bound Spokane, Portland and Seattle freight train ploughed into four cars from a siding here at 11 o'clock last night.
JOE KAUSE, of Portland, the engineer, was badly injured, and ED JOHNSON, of Portland, a brakeman, received scalds. They were taken to a hospital at Hood River, Ore., near here.
Workers who backed the cars from the siding said they left a flare to signal the freight to stop. The freight crew failed to notice any signal.
The engine overturned to the left and its tender to the right. The engine was demolished, and wheat and other freight from the shattered cars on the siding was strewn over the ground.
RILEY, fireman on the freight, was badly mangled. His body was found in the midst of the wreckage.
This was the second train wreck in this district in two weeks, and caused the third death. Just two weeks ago the tail end of a work train broke loose, rolled back down a grade and smashed into an oncoming freight near Gateway, in north central Oregon.

Centralia Daily Chronicle Washington 1935-12-18