Dunreath, IA Train Wrecks In Washout, June 1910
WRECK ON NORTH END.
NORTH END PASSENGER TRAIN NO. 3 GOES INTO DITCH AND IS CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY FREIGHT TRAIN NO. 95.
ONE PASSENGER IS KILLED.
THIRTY-TWO ON THE LIST OF INJURED -- DAMAGE VERY GREAT.
North end passenger train No. 3, in charge of Conductor RICHARD CARTER and Engineer L. D. ROUTLEDGE, ran into a washout two miles west of Dunreath, Iowa, Friday evening at 8 o'clock.
The washout was caused by very heavy rains which have been general over that portion of Iowa. The track was completely undermined and then No. 3, pulled by engine 334, plowed over the ties into the ditch several people were bruised and battered but none were seriously injured.
It was not until about ten or fifteen minutes had passed that the most horrible part occurred. Train No. 95 in charge of Conductor MARVIN FRITCH and Engineer E. R. FOWLER -- which was following No. 3, ran into the already wrecked train. There was a very heavy rain falling and consequently the crew of No. 95 could not see the other train until too late to stop.
It was in this last catastrophe that W. G. BROWN, a passenger from Ottawa, Ill., who had been slightly bruised in the first wreck and who was back in the train looking for his _____ happened to the accident which led to his death this misfortune. He was caught between the engine of No. 95 and some fallen timbers and his left leg was literally crushed off at the ankle.
Everything which was in human power was done for him but to no avail and after a brave struggle for life he died at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
The more seriously injured are:
Conductor R. L. (DICK) CARTER, knees bruised and kidneys squeezed.
Engineer L. D. ROUTLEDGE, bruised, not seriously injured.
E. M. McAFEE, mail clerk, face and head cut and bruised.
C. J. RILEY, fireman, No. 3, face, leg and head cut and bruised.
A. V. POWELL, fireman No. 95, ankle sprained.
In addition to the above, twenty-four passengers were slightly injured. It is thought no one was seriously hurt except the unfortunate W. G. BROWN, who bore his suffering with such braveness and fortitude that every person present admired him.
When interviewed by a Monitor reporter yesterday afternoon, Conductor R. L. CARTER stated that train No. 95 was not seen until it was about three coach lengths from the wreck.
Wreckers were sent out from Moulton and Moberly to clear up the wreck. Superintendent J. E. STUMPF accompanied the wrecker from this city.
The injured were brought to Moberly Saturday with one or two exceptions.
All trains from the north were delayed as the debris was not cleared until 12:00 noon Saturday.
Moberly Weekly Monitor Missouri 1910-06-28