Haslet, TX Train Collision, Jan 1897



Fort Worth, Tex., Jan. 9. -- At 4 o'clock this morning there occurred at Haslet, a station on the Santa Fe, sixteen miles north of Fort Worth, a head end freight collision that resulted in two deaths and the injury of several others. In addition to this, there was one car of cattle and two of hogs so badly crushed that some of the animals were killed. The wrecker, with Division Superintendent Pendell, went at once to the scene and soon had the siding cleared so the south bound passenger came in with but little delay. At 6 o'clock the wrecker returned to Fort Worth on its way to Cleburne, and hence exact details are obtainable.
The north bound had reached Haslet and stopped, awaiting the arrival of the south bound. The south bound train missed the siding and went on down the main track and crashed into the waiting train. Fortunately the moving train was not going more than ten or twelve miles an hour, and therefore as bad as the wreck, this fact greatly lessened the damage. The two engines were badly crushed, three cars of stock, one of merchandise and two of corn were broken and about thirty head of pigs and hogs killed. The corn ran out, but was gathered up and sacked.
The dead are:
JOE HAGGERTY of Gainesville, engineer of the south bound train.
E. W. POLLISHALL, brakeman of the north bound.
The injured are Engineer GEORGE COOMBS of the north bound, left arm broken, and his fireman, NORRIS, slightly injured. The rest of the injuries are too trivial for mention. The shock to the moving train was so slight that the conductor did not know the cause of the stop until he went out of the caboose and learned of the wreck.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1897-01-10