Huerfano, CO Train Wreck, Jan 1908

ONE DEAD, TWO HURT IN WRECK NEAR TRINIDAD

Rio Grande and Colorado & Southern Freights Crash on Joint Track.

(SPECIAL TO THE NEWS)

TRINIDAD, Colo., Jan. 22 -- A rear-end collision between Denver & Rio Grande and Colorado & Southern freight trains at Huerfano early today resulted in the death of Thomas Mullin, fatal injuries to Thomas Mitchell, and probably fatal injuries to I. B. Skinner, all trainmen.

Thomas Mullin, the dead man, was a brakeman from Pueblo.

T. S. Mitchell of Trinidad is the engineer on the Colorado & Southern train.  His head was hurt and he sustained fatal injuries.

B. L. Skinner of Pueblo, fireman on the Colorado & Southern, was badly burned and physicians at the hospital in Pueblo say that there is little chance for recovery.

The trains came together on a grade curve.  The Rio Grande officials claim that the Rio Grande had put out signals and that the Colorado & Southern trainmen did not obey them.  The Colorado & Southern engine was badly smashed, and the caboose on the rear of the Rio Grande train was completely wrecked.

The wreck occurred on the joint track of the companies between this city and Pueblo.

Denver Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO 23 Jan 1908