Roger's Pass, BC Snowslide Destruction, Mar 1910
SIXTY-TWO PERSONS PERISH BY SNOWSLIDE IN SELKIRKS.
Gang of Men Caught by Huge Avalanche While Clearing Track of Canadian Pacific Railway Near Rogers Pass Station at Summit of Mountains --
Have Absolutely No Chance to Escape -- All Buried Under Many Feet of Snow -- Twenty-Four of the Victims White Men and the Remainder Japanese -- Thirty Bodies Recovered -- Passenger Train Has Narrow Escape Near Field.
Nelson, B.C., March 6. -- Sixty men were swept to death by a tremendous snowslide early Saturday morning, between Roger's Pass station and Glacier, on the Canadian Pacific railway, at the summit of the Selkirk mountains.
The victims of the slide, about half of whom were white men and the remainder Japs, had gone from Nelson to clear away a snow obstruction. The work of clearing the track was about half finished when, without warning, an enormous slide came down, burying the track under fifty feet of snow for a distance of two hundred yards. The workmen were completely penned in and had not the slightest chance to escape.
Following is a list of the missing, and there is no hope that any of them are alive:
RICHARD J. BUCKLEY, conductor.
WILLIAM PHILLIPS, engineer.
JOHN J. FRASER, roadmaster.
THOMAS GRIFFITHS, fireman.
ALBERT POTTRUFF, engineer.
JOHN McLENNAN, bridgeman.
AXEL JOHNSON, foreman.
CHARLES ANDERSON, foreman.
FRITZ WELLANDER, foreman.
DOUGAL MacDONALD, bridgeman.
JOHN MAHON, brakeman.
GEORGE NICHOLS, bridgeman.
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