Osier, CO Train Derailment, Mar 1907


ANTONITA, Colo., March 21. - Eastbuound Denver & Rio Grande passenger train No. 116 running between Durango and this place left the track at a curve between Osier and Toltec gorge, 30 miles west of here last night and 35 passengers had a miraculous escape from death. The engine and tender rolled down an embankment 200 feet to the bottom of a chasm. All the coaches left the track, several turning completely over, and the rest alighting on their sides. The engine crew jumped in order to save their lives and Engineer Smith of Chama, N. M., rolled down the embankment. He was overtaken by his engine, which passed over his body in its wild flight to the foot of the embankment. That he was not crushed to death is incomprehensible. As it is, he is quite badly injured, but not believed fatally so. All of the passengers were more or less hurt, but none seriously.

The Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN 22 Mar 1907