Milan, WA Landslide Causes Train Wreck, Mar 1910



Five Cars Plunge Down Embankment and Burn - Heroic Engineer Saves 175 Passengers.

SPOKANE, March 2. - Crashing into two tons of rock boulders, Oriental Limited No. 2, of the Great Northern Railroad, today plunged down a 50-foot embankment 23 miles east of Spokane, carrying with it five burning cars, including the mail car, killing the fireman, Ed Miller, of Hillyard, Wash., and seriously injuring the engineer and several passengers.

The accident occurred near Milan, a station on the main line of the Great Northern, as the train was turning a curve.

Six of the 175 passengers on the train saw the approaching danger, and only to the heroism of Engineer Alonzo Carle, of Spokane, who threw on the emergency brake 25 feet before the rocks were reached, was the entire trainload saved from probable death.

Explosions of gas tanks on the burning cars added to the catastrophe. The entire train was saved from the flames when Conductor B. S. Robertson marshalled the uninjured passengers and, uncoupling the cars not burning, by human strength alone shoved them out of reach of the flames.

The injured are:
Alonzo B. Carle, engineer, Spokane.
E. E. Swanberg, Mount Vernon, Wash.
William Oliver Eldridge, a 17-year-old tramp, no home, thrown with the engine down the embankment.
J. B. Fahey, Seattle, news agent.
F. H. Ashley, Seattle, news agent.
C. M. Coffinberry, Seattle.
P. Van Lippeloy, mail clerk.
Rev. Benjamin Winget, of Chicago, and wife, bruised. Mr. Winget is 70 years old and is suffering from a wrenched back.

The Morning Oregonian, Portland, OR, 3 Mar 1910