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Barela, CO Train Wreck, Aug 1890

Terrible Train Wreck in Colorado

Trinidad, Col., Aug. 18 -- A telegram received at noon from Barela, twelve miles south of the city, saying that a wreck had occurred and asking for surgeons. A special train was made up at once, and all the surgeons that could be obtained went for the scene of the accident. The wrecked train left this city early this morning to repair a bridge that had been washed out just below Barela, on the Union Pacific. It is not known just how the accident occurred, but it is supposed the engineer failed to stop the train in time and all were ditched. Seven were killed and fourteen wounded. Further particulars cannot be obtained until the return of the special.
Later reports from the scene of the wreck say that only one man was killed and eighteen badly injured.

Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1890-08-20

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Barela Train Wreck

Frightful Wreck on the Union Pacific.

TRINIDAD, COLO, Aug 19 -- A terrible wreck occurred on the Union Pacific railroad just below Barela Monday morning, in which seven men are reported to have lost their lives and fourteen seriously injured. A special train made up of all the surgeons that could be secured left this city for the scene of the accident, but no particulars have been received. The wrecked train left this city Monday morning to repair a bridge that had been washed out near Barela, and it is supposed that the engineer failed to stop the train in time and that all were ditched.

Decatur Morning Review, Decatur, IL 20 Aug 1890



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