Gibson, CA Freight Train Wreck, July 1910
CONDUCTOR KILLED IN FREIGHT WRECK.
BROKEN FLANGE ON CAR CAUSES OF WRECK ON SHASTA LINE NEAR REDDING.
OTHER TRAINMEN ESCAPE.
DIRT SUPPOSED TO HAVE SMOTHERED MAN WHO IS FOUND DEAD IN DEBRIS.
Redding, July 17. -- FRED W. ANDREE, conductor, was killed; CHARLES J. FOLEY, brakeman, was bruised, and an engine and twelve freight cars derailed in a wreck on the Southern Pacific railroad a mile south of Gibson today. A broken flange on one of two cars which were being pushed ahead of the locomotive caused a derailment of the first car and the engine and eleven remaining cars rapidly left the rails.
The wreck occurred in a deep cut, and when the engine and cars piled upon one another traffic from both directions was blocked. Members of the wrecking crew which was called to clear the debris said the Shasta route would probably be blockaded until noon tomorrow. The locomotive is badly damaged and the cars are practically demolished.
JOHN THORNTON, engineer, and FRANK BALDWIN, fireman, had remarkable escapes from death. Remaining aboard the engine they were able to crawl out of the cab unaided. Neither was injured. ANDREE'S body was found two hours after the wreck occurred.
Inasmuch as there are no marks on ANDREE'S body, it is thought he was smothered to death by dirt which covered him when he was found. His body was brought here on a light engine.
Trouble similar to that which caused the wreck today was responsible for a wreck near Delta a month ago.
The wrecking crew which is clearing the track is composed of men both from Sacramento and Dunsmuir.
The northbound Shasta limited is held at Red Bluff and the southbound limited at Shasta Springs. Trains No. 14 and No. 16 are at Lamoine, and Nos. 13 and 15 were ordered to stop at Dunsmuir.
Los Angeles Herald California 1910-07-18