Stratton, CO Train Goes Through Trestle, July 1929
9 KILLED WHEN SPEEDING TRAIN GOES THRU TRESTLE.
RESCUE WORKERS FEAR TOLL MAY CLIMB; CLOUDBURST IS BLAMED FOR TRESTLE BRIDGE'S COLLAPSE.
BELIEVE WALL OF WATER FOLLOWING HEAVY RAIN STORM WEAKENED BRIDGE; 8 CARS OF CRACK FLIER LEAVE RAILS; WRECK DESCRIBED AS WORST IN HISTORY OF COLORADO; ALL BODIES RECOVERED IDENTIFIED.
Stratton, Colo., July 18. (AP) -- A dry arroya coursing through the table land three miles west of here, suddenly turned into a raging, swirling torrent by a wall of water, occasioned by a rain of cloudburst proportions tonight had given up nine bodies -- according to the rescue crew -- all victims of the collapsing of a trestle bridge on the main line of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad shortly before 4 o'clock this morning. All of the bodies recovered were taken from the creek bed during the day by rescuers who worked frantically amid the wreckage of one of the most disastrous railroad wrecks in the history of railroading in Colorado.
More than two score were reported injured, many of whom arrived in Denver tonight by train. Others were taken to Goodland, Kas., and to Colorado Springs for treatment.
That additional bodies may be recovered before the wreckage finally is cleared away was the opinion of rescue workers and railroad officials who throughout the day and tonight were directing relief operations. All of those who lost their lives were in an all-steel Pullman placed on the crack western passenger train No. 5, at St. Louis and destined for Colorado Springs and the coast. The car, submerged thru-out the entire day on the creek bed, was not entered until late tonight -- the high water having made entrance earlier, impossible.
The bodies have been identified as follows:
MISS MARY McDONALD, West Palm Beach, Fla.
MRS. BEN LEWIS, Memphis, Tenn.
HARRY LEWIS, Memphis, Tenn.
G. F. CARLIE, New York City.
MRS. G. S. CARLIE, New York.
JULIA CARLIE, New York.
MRS. JENNIE FOLTZ, Memphis.
Negro porter believed to be BROOKS CLINE.
Unidentified negro porter.
All bodies of the victims have been removed from the scene of the wreck to Burlington, Colo.