Cannon Station, CA Freight Train Collision, Dec 1900
COLLISION DUE TO GROSS CARELESSNESS COSTS THE LIVES OF SEVEN RAILWAY MEN.
REGULAR FREIGHT CRASHES INTO A WORK TRAIN RUNNING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE TIME DURING A HEAVY FOG ON THE LINE OF THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC BETWEEN ELMIRA AND SUISUN.
SOME ONE WILLFULLY DISOBEYS THE DISPATCHER'S ORDERS AND THE RESULT IS A WRECK ATTENDED BY HEAVY LOSS OF LIFE AND THE MAIMING OF MORE THAN A SCORE OF PERSONS.
Seven men were killed and more than a score badly injured yesterday morning near Cannon Station, Solano County, when westbound freight train No. 201 of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company crashed into the rear end of a construction train carrying forty laborers.
Somebody blundered. Signals were either not displayed or were unseen or mistaken in the dense fog and death reaped a bloody harvest. A curve, a deep cut and a heavy fog combined to hide the approaching trains from each other until almost the moment of the crash.
The work train was backing up, trying to reach Cannon Station, when suddenly the engine of No.
201 loomed up before the laborers and crew of the work train. No. 201, west bound, was running at a speed of about thirty-five miles an hour. The collision wrecked a dining car at the rear of the work train and three cars fitted up as sleepers for the laborers. The engine of No. 201, was thrown from the tracks after plowing its was through the four cars named and stopping only when the caboose, next to the engine of the work train, was reached, and lay on its side badly wrecked.
A few of the thirty-five men in the sleeping cars of the work train escaped injury. Five were killed outright, one died before he could be got to San Francisco and the seventh passed away in the railroad hospital in this city. Several of the wounded will undoubtedly die of their injuries.
The list of the dead is as follows:
J. AHERN and the above were killed outright and their bodies are now at the Morgue at Sulsun.
B. M. MAHONEY died on the way to San Francisco.
P. MALONEY died at the hospital.
PATRICK FERGUS POTTS, fracture of right leg; also fracture of left arm; slight burn of face.
THOMAS GLENN, contusion of left groin and general bruises.
JOHN DALY, fracture of right ribs and lacerated scalp.
JAMES DAVIS, fracture of thigh and left leg.
SUN TUCK, Chinese cook, general contusions.
A. SMITH, fractured collarbone.
ARTHUR CARR, fractured ribs on right side; face lacerated.
A. WALKER, contusion of back.
P. C. QUINLAN, scalp wound and abrasions of face.
GEORGE BROWN, contusion of back.
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