Dean Lake, MO Train Into Open Switch, Oct 1903



Marceline, Mo., Oct. 28. -- Thirty-six persons were injured in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad wreck in which MRS. EMMA BOOTH-TUCKER was killed last night. Colonel THOMAS C. HOLLAND, of Amity, Colo., head of the Salvation Army colony there, was dangerously injured, is in a critical condition today. Those whose injuries are dangerous were taken to the company's hospital in Fort Madison, Ia. The others were taken on to Chicago.
The wreck was at 9:10 o'clock last night at Dean Lake, a small station twenty miles west of here and eighty-five miles east of Kansas City. The train was the eastbound California Limited No. 2.
Engineer CUNNINGHAM was in the cab and Conductor ANDREWS was in charge. The brake rod of a sleeper dropped down and caught upon a switch. This derailed that car, another sleeper, the dining car and the Pullman following. No. 6, closely following No. 2, was detoured to Chicago over the Wabash tracks. Wrecking cars were called out and the track cleared in time to allow No. 1 westbound to pass about two hours late.
When the wreck came MRS. BOOTH-TUCKER was rendered unconscious. She died two hours later. Her skull was fractured and she was injured internally. MRS. BOOTH-TUCKER was on her way from a visit to the colony at Amity, Colo., to Chicago, where she was to have met her husband today. Although the wreck occurred at 9:10 o'clock last night, it was not known until after midnight that MRS. BOOTH-TUCKER was among the injured, and not until this morning was her death verified.
In the forward Pullman MRS. BOOTH-TUCKER and Colonel HOLLAND, who were the sole occupants of that car, had just gone to the forward end for a consultation. Two of the Pullmans struck a steel water tank with such force as to move it five feet from its foundation and when the train crew reached the scene both MRS. BOOTH-TUCKER and Colonel HOLLAND were found unconscious. They, with the other injured, were after some delay taken to the depot platform some little distance away, where everything possible was done for them. Neither regained consciousness. At the time it was believed that the unconscious man at her side was Com. TUCKER.
The porter said MRS. BOOTH-TUCKER and Colonel HOLLAND were in the east end of the car. Just above them a quarter of the car was mashed in. They were pinned to the bottom of the car and the porter who had escaped found them. He had some trouble getting the debris off MRS. BOOTH-TUCKER. The only words she uttered were: "Porter, I am fastened."
Among the injured was MRS. KELSEY, a theatrical woman of New York City, mother of the Kelsey triplets. MRS. KELSEY was injured by a man who fell on her chest. In his efforts to extricate himself the man bruised her with the heels of his boots.
On the train was a woman traveling from the West with the body of her dead sister. Badly bruised and notwithstanding her grief, she assisted actively in caring for the injured.
Shortly after midnight a train carrying the injured started for Fort Madison, Ia. The train broke down after going a short distance and Marceline, the next station, was not reached until 2 o'clock this morning. Physicians were taken on at Marceline and the train proceeded north.

Moberly Daily Monitor Missouri 1903-10-30