Wasatch, CA Train Collision, Oct 1869
The Collisioni -- Cars Telescoped -- Passengers Crushed.
The detached engine was driven back against the rear Pullman car breaking its platforms and driving it up against Pullman No. 2. It was in this car that the damage was done. The two Pullmans did not "telescope" but the second Pullman and the rearmost passenger car did. Both were rendered an almost complete wreck. The luxurious stateroom in the end of the superb palace car was completely mashed, and here the unfortunate MR. JOHN TUSTIN lost his life.
A party of seven were standing of the platforms, when one of them chanced to lean out and look to the rear, when he saw the engine of the emigrant train just coming round the curve. He cried "Look out!" and "Jump!" at the same moment jumping himself and rolling down the embankment. Five of the others all leaped down, on both sides of the train, but MR. TUSTIN, an elderly man, was less active in getting off. He had swung about one-half of his body off beyong the line of the cars, holding on to the rail with his left hand, and was already in the act of letting go when the cars came together, catching just one half of his body between them, and of course crushing it into a mere mangled mass of flesh and fractured bone. Here the body remained for three hours before it could be extricated, while his unhappy widow (who was slightly wounded) was compelled to remain in the train, in knowledge of the horrible event. Of course MR. TUSTIN'S death was instantaneous; we may mention, as instancing how shockingly he was mangled, that when his body was released, his heart was found to have been forced completely out of the cavity of his body. MR. TUSTIN was a prominent citizen of Petaluma, an old resident, and well known through all that section of country.
We have mentioned the almost miraculous escape of the gentlemen who leaped from the platform. At the same moment an officer of the navy, who was one of the occupants of the destroyed stateroom, was in the act of coming out upon the platform. He had opened the door, saw the others leap, stopped for an instant irresolute, the next the cars came together and he was thrown backward into the saloon of the Pullman, painfully bruised, but not seriously injured. Following is the list of the wounded, all of whom were in the Pullman car, with details of the injury sustained by each:
MRS. J. TUSTIN, of Petaluma, widow of deceased, bruised painfully in the face.
MRS. E. A. HORTON, of New York, shoulder dislocated. It was set on the spot.
MRS. GEORGE K. GLUYAS, wife of Mr. George E. Gluyas, chief engineer of the California Steam Navigation Company, injured in right arm.
MISS NANNIE GLUYAS, cut seriously, but not dangerously, in forehead.
MISS MAGGIE WATERS, of DeWitt, Iowa, injured in the back. She was severely jarred, but, it is hoped, has sustained no internal injury.
A. P. ANDREWES, of Sacramento, was wounded, but not severely, in the arm, breast and hip.
MRS. J. W. COFFROTH, also of Sacramento, wife of the State Senator from that city, slightly wounded, and also her child.
Lieutenant Commander ALFRED HOPKINS, of Saratoga, N.Y., wounded slightly in arm and neck.
MRS. F. H. CHESSMAN, of Boston, slightly, in head.
The rear train was loaded with Mormon emigrants, and here the fatality was greater, but we have less detail as to the injuries sustained. Three of the wretched emigrants were killed outright, two were fatally wounded and a large number were more or less injured, some very severely. It will be noted that, as usual in cases of collision of the sort, the train in motion sustains the greatest amount of damage, the cars "telescoping" worse than in the train which is stationary.
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