Cordova, AK Train Wreck, Jan 1912

FATAL WRECK AT CORDOVA

CORDOVA SNOW PLOW DERAILS AND KILLS JOHN E. REED

Cordova, Alaska, Jan. 3 -- (Special cable to the Dispatch) -- John E. Reed, engineer, was crushed to death and Fireman H. Albright and Pilot Kenneth Holden were slightly injured when a rotary snow plow on the Copper River & Northern railroad plunged through a damaged bridge Monday night and hurtled to the gully below. The fatal accident occurred a few miles below here.

In some mysterious manner the bridge had been burning and the weakened timbers could not stand the weight of the locomotive. The cause of the tragedy could not be ascertained until several hours after the wreck.

The rotary plows were pressed into service Sunday, owing to the heavy snow which covers all the trackage may feet deep.

The engine and passenger train coupled to the plow were undamaged. Traffic on the road is suspended for one week.

Another snow plow is being repaired to take the place of the wrecked one. Between Mile 26 and Mile 100 the mail is being carried by dog team.

Daily Alaska Dispatch, Juneau, AK 3 Jan 1912