Garland, AR Troop Train Wreck, May 1918

ASHTON SOLDIER IS INJURED IN WRECK

ONE KILLED AND 17 WOUNDED IN WRECK OF TROOP

Texarkana, Texas, May 21.---The wreck of a north bound St. Louis and Southwestern troop train near Garland, Ark., today which resulted in the death of one trainman and the injury of 17 other persons, 12 of them soldiers, was due to the removal of a "fish plat bolt" which allowed the rails to spread, it was announced by the railroad company.

One soldier Private Oliver C. Shands of St. Louis, was still missing tonight. It was thought possible his body was under the wreckage, all of which had not been cleared away.

The troops were members of the 619th aerial squadron. In the list of seriously injured soldiers is:

Private James H. Clough, Ashton, S. D.

The Aberdeen Daily American, Aberdeen, SD 22 May 1918

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WRECKER DITCHES TRAIN

One Man Killed, One Missing and 17 Injured in Texas.

TEXARCANA[sic], Tex. (AP)----The wreck of a northbound St. Louis & Southwestern troop train near Garland, Ark., Tuesday, with a resultant death of one trainman and injury of 17 other persons, 12 of them soldiers, was due to the removal of a "fishplate bolt," which allowed the rails to spread, it was announced Tuesday night by officials of the railroad company..

One soldier, Pvt. Oliver C. Shands of St. Louis, was still missing Tuesday night. It was thought possible his body was under the wreckage.

The troops were members of the 619th aerial squadron.

A. B. McAllister of Pine Bluff, Ark., engineer, was the trainman killed.

Among the injured soldiers were:

Cook Alfred L. Walters, R. F. D. No. 69, Elsinore, Cal.

Pvt. James H. Clough, Ashton, S. D.

Cook Floyd D. Hankins, Silver Valley, Ore.

The Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, ID 22 May 1918

Comments

Name Correction

A.B. McAllister of Pine Bluff should be changed to A.J. McAllister. He was my great-great grandfather.