Cheney, WA Railroad Collision, Jan 1911
ENGINE CRASHES THROUGH PULLMAN - FIVE ARE KILLED AND SEVEN INJURED.
NORTH COAST LIMITED HITS BURLINGTON TRAIN RUNNING AT FULL SPEED.
ACCIDENT OCCURS AT CHENEY THIS MORNING AND WAS DUE TO DENSE FOG - BURLINGTON TRAIN WAS TAKING SIDING WHEN NORTH COAST LIMITED, RUNNING AT FULL SPEED, CAUGHT THE REAR PULLMAN BEFORE IT WAS CLEAR - CARS SMASHED INTO KINDLING WOOD AND THAT ALL PASSENGERS WERE NOT KILLED SEEMS MIRACULOUS.
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Spokane, Wash., Jan. 4. - Five persons were killed and seven seriously injured in a rear-end collision between No. 2, the North Coast Limited, on the Northern Pacific, and No. 42, a Burlington passenger train, east-bound, on the main line of the Northern Pacific at Cheney today.
G. L. WARREN, Davenport, Wash.
W. R. STARR, express messenger No. 2.
O. E. BROWN, 2514 H. Street, South Omaha, Neb.
Two porters on the Pullman sleepers on No. 42.
Two Pullman cars on the Burlington train were telescoped. The engine and the express car on the North Coast Limited were totally wrecked, but all of the trainmen escaped with their lives, except W. R. STARR, the express messenger.
The wreck was due to a fog, which hid the rear of the Burlington train from the view of the enginemen on the North Coast Limited. The Burlington was going into the siding in the yards in the east end of Cheney, when the North Coast train, running at a high rate of speed, dashed into it. The limited had the right of way, and the track was supposed to be in the clear. The two trains came together with a terrific crash that aroused the whole town of Cheney, which is situated 18 miles to the west of Spokane, at the junction of the main line of the Northern Pacific with its branch line the Washington Central. The populace came to the aid of the trainmen, and soon the dead and injured were being removed from the wreck.
Two calls were sent to Spokane for medical aid, and a special train was sent out loaded with doctors and nurses and railway officials. An hour later another special, loaded with doctors and nurses was sent to Cheney.
After the rescue work began a number of passengers were seen to crawl from under the wreckage without a scratch.
Railroad men say that the comparatively small loss of life is remarkable considering the destruction wrought to the two sleepers and the express car.
The dead and injured are being placed aboard a special train today to be brought to hospitals and morgues in Spokane.
Among the injured are:
H. C. HALLEY, traveling man of New York.
C. R. SEARLES, manager of Sherman, Clay & Co., Seattle.
CHARLES SMITH, manager of the Pullman Company, Spokane, Wash.
CHARLES P. SMITH, Pullman agent, of Spokane; condition serious.
D. F. AULDRIDGE, of Portland, Ore.; injured internally.
J. A. SUNDWALL, of Seattle, Wash.; broken jaw, minor bruises and contusions; condition serious.
M. LELBO, traveling salesman, Portland, Ore., head cut, back wrenched and bruised.
Daily Capital Journal Salem Oregon 1911-01-04