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Engineer and Fireman Killed in Wreck

BAKERSFIELD, October 2. -- Engineers Hart and Neubill were killed and their firemen seriously injured when north bound Southern Pacific train No. 49, which left Los Angeles at 7:30 o'clock last night, was ing [sic] by running into a steer at Cameron on the Tehachapi mountain, ten miles west of Mojave.  The two engines drawing the train were overturned and four baggage cars were derailed.  The injured firemen were taken to Mojave.

San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA 2 Oct 1919

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2 ENGINEERS DEAD; ENGINES WRECKED

BAKERSFIELD, Oct. 2 -- Locomotive Engineers Walter Hart and V. W. Newbill are dead and Fireman P. Donlin is suffering from severe scald wounds as the result of the derailment of two engines, three baggage cars and the express car of the northbound Fresno express train No. 49 of the Southern Pacific at Cameron, near here, early today.

The wreck was caused by the body of a dead steer which had fallen in the center of the track.

The train was traveling at 24 miles an hour when the first of the two engines hauling the express struck the carcass of the animal.  The front engine was thrown clear of the tracks and turned completely around.  The second engine telescoped the front locomotive and the next four cars were derailed.

No passengers were injured.  A wrecking crew worked over 10 hours in clearing the tracks.

Evening Tribune, San Diego, CA 2 Oct 1919