Eureka, CA Train Plunges Through Bridge, Sep 1896

FATAL PLUNGE.

A TRAIN GOES THROUGH A BRIDGE INTO A CREEK.

FOUR PERSONS KILLED OUTRIGHT AND A NUMBER SERIOUSLY INJURED.

THE ACCIDENT WAS CAUSED BY THE COLLAPSE OF THE STRUCTURE SPANNING MAD RIVER -- THREE CARS AND THE ENGINE WRECKED -- RELIEF FOR SUFFERERS.

Eureka, Cal., Sept. 14. -- By the collapse of a bridge on the Arcata and Mad River railroad near this city Sunday afternoon, an accommodation train was precipitated into the bed of the creek below, four persons were killed outright and a number of others seriously wounded, some of whom will die.
The dead are:
ALEXANDER CAMERON, brakeman.
MISS ANNIE HOLLAND, of Riverside.
MISS KIRKHAM.
An unknown child.
The injured:
DAVID WOOD, Glendale, badly injured and can not survive.
MRS. DAVID WOOD, wife of the above, both legs broken and internally injured.
The two little children of MR. DAVID WOOD, badly crushed and bruised.
GEO. BURKE, engineer, severely scalded and bruised.
CHAS. BURKE, fireman, badly burned.
HARVEY SAMMONS, conductor, fatally injured.
MRS. KATE MINOR, arm and leg broken.
ANNIE VINTERS, face cut and leg broken.
MARY VINTERS, internally injured.
DANIEL MAHONEY, dangerously bruised.
Two children of DANIEL MAHONEY, seriously injured.
ROSIE BUDETTI, Italian peddler, badly bruised and shaken up.
HERMAN SANDERS, cut on leg and internally injured.
A. SANDERS, slightly bruised.
MRS. GREGORY of Eureka, seriously injured internally, may die.
Two children of MRS. GREGORY, seriously bruised.
SVEN JOHNSTON, badly bruised, may not recoved.
GRANT WARREN, cut and bruised about head.
An unknown Italian woman, unconscious and will die.
Details of the accident are difficult to obtain, there being no telegraphic communication with the scene nearer than Eureka.
As far as known, the accident was caused by the collapse of a bridge spanning Mad River, about five miles from town. The accommodation train which leaves Arcata at 4:30 o'clock in the afternoon consisted of two coaches, one box car and engine, and carried about 20 passengers. Shortly after 5 o'clock a telephone message was received stating that the train had been derailed at Mad River bridge and was a total wreck on the river bed. A relief train with doctors, nurses, medical supplies, etc., was immediately dispatched from Arcata to the scene.
The three cars and engine were found lying beneath the bridge, a mass of splinters. The wounded had managed to drag themselves from the debris and were nursing their cuts by the waterside.
Buried beneath the wreckage were found the bodies of MISS HOLLAND, MISS KIRKHAM and MR. CAMERON. The unknown child was alive when found but died a few minutes later.
The injured were carried up a steep bank with great difficulty, and it was nearly 10 o'clock when the relief train started on the return trip to Arcata bearing the dead and wounded. The train was met as Arcata by the entire population of the town, and a sorrowful scene was enacted as the dead and injured were claimed by friends and relatives.
The bridge that collapsed is several hundred feet in length.

Marietta Daily Leader Ohio 1896-09-15