Echo, AR Train Collision, Apr 1947


Echo, Ark., April 22 (UP) -- The East and West bound Rockets, fast passenger trains of the Rock Island Railroad, collided here early today, hospitalizing 11 persons and injuring several others. No deaths were reported.

Echo is in Logan County, Ark., about 50 miles southeast of Fort Smith.

Eleven persons were taken to a Booneville hospital while other injured were being brought to Little Rock on another train.
M. Christian, station agent at Mansfield, said the collision occurred when the brakes on the west bound diesel engine failed to slow the train so that it could side-track at Echo.

Christian, said that a more serious accident was averted when the engineer of the east bound train saw the other engine was not going to make the siding and started reversing his train. The trucks on the two engines were derailed. No other damage was reported to the train.

Rock Island officials here said no Amarillo crew members were aboard either of the Rockets. Normally, Rock Island employes here remain on the train to Sayre or Shawnee, Okla.

"As far as can be determined by our records in Amarillo, no local people were aboard the trains at the time of the accident," a spokesman for the line said. "We have received no official information on the list of injured."

Amarillo Globe Texas 1947-04-22