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Oahu Island, HI Railroad Accident, July 1913

FIREMAN JUMPS AND IS KILLED.

WILLIAM K. HOAPILI MEETS DEATH WHEN ENGINE IS ABOUT TO STRIKE OBSTACLE ON TRACK.

OTHERS ARE UNINJURED.

ACCIDENT OCCURS ON THE KIPAPA BRANCH OF OAHU RAILROAD AS TRAIN IS RETURNING WITH LOAD OF PINES.

Apparently overcome with fright, Fireman WILLIAM U. HOAPILI, a Hawaiian employed on the pineapple train on the Kipapa branch of the Oahu Railway, jumped from his engine about 11 o'clock this morning, suffered a fractured skull and died shortly afterwards.
According to the details that reached Honolulu immediately following the accident, the train had made the up-trip on its semi-daily run and was returning with the engine reversed, pulling. The conductor was seated on the tender and as the train rounded a steep curve he noticed a large rock in the center of the track and signaled the engineer to stop. It is believed that HOAPILI noticed the obstacle in the path of the train at about the same time and, becoming confused, jumped for safety with the result that the back of his head was caved in.
The engine was immediately cut loose and rushed the injured man to the hospital at Schofield Barracks, expiring before medical aid could be reached.
The remainder of the train crew stuck to their posts and were uninjured, although the engine struck the rock with considerable force. William Taylor is the engineer on the pineapple train.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin Hawaii 1913-07-30



article | by Dr. Radut