Brookfield, MO Train Wreck, Dec 1902

Train Crashes Into River.

Eight Bodies Have Been Recovered Near Brookfield, Mo., and Others are In the Wreckage.

Brookfield. Mo., Dec. 14.-A wreck, in which at least eight persons were killed, occurred on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad just east of this city early this morning. It is not known how many more bodies are in the wreckage, but there are believed to be several. The bodies of the known dead have been recovered.

The Brookfield wrecking train was on its way to the scene of an unimportant freight wreck, which occurred early in the evening, when the crane of the wrecker struck the overhead portion of a steel bridge just east of this city. Under the strain and the force of the engine pushing the wrecker, the bridge gave way and the entire train crashed into the water below.

The injured men were brought to this city.

The New York Times, New York, NY 15 Dec 1902


The Wreck At Brookfield, Mo.

Three Bodies Recovered and Others Known to Be Under the Wreckage.

Brookfield, Mo., Dec. 15.-Details of the wreck on the Hannibal and St. Joseph branch of the Burlington Saturday night have been received. When a wrecking train went though Yellow Creek Bridge-thirty feet below. It is known that there are others dead under the wreckage. The number will not be known until the wreckage is cleared away. The bodies recovered:
JAMES MURPHY, roadmaster.
ARTHUR HYATT, bridgeman.

The injured some of whole will probably die are: THOMAS PHELAN, conductor; PERRY STEELE, bridgeman;-MCDONALD, brakeman; P.W. GREEN, fireman; H.W. GOODE, engineer, and ALEXANDER LEATHERMAN. All live in Brookfield with the exception of LEATHERMAN, whose home is at Bucklin.

A small wreck had occurred early in the evening. The Brookfield wrecking train was sent to the scene. When crossing a steel bridge the crane of the wrecker struck the overhead portion, and under the strain and force of the engine pushing the wrecker the bridge gave way. The entire train went down.

The escape of the engineer, GOODE and the fireman, GREEN, was remarkable. Pinned in the cab between tons of twisted iron, they were uninjured with the exception of a broken arm. Wreckers from St. Joseph and Galesburg were rushed to the scene of the accident, where the debris is now being cleared away. When this is done it is certain that more bodies will be found.

Pinned between a large stone pier and the wrecker was the body of THOMAS HAINSWORTH. The injured were brought here in a special train and were removed to the “Q” hotel, where physicians awaited their arrival. ARTHUR HYATT, who was scalded, died soon after receiving medical aid.

The accident was near the scene of the Brush Creek wreck twenty years ago. Then as now, a freight train wreck had happened. A wrecking train was made up here. The relief train was rushing along at a high rate of speed when a bridge gave way. The train crushed through and many lives were lost, including that of Dr. HAYWOOD, one of the surgeons.

The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Mo 15 Dec 1902