Iowa City, IA Broken Rail Wrecks Train, Oct 1934
2 DEAD, 8 HURT AS BROKEN RAIL WRECKS TRAIN.
PASSENGERS PANIC-STRICKEN WHEN FRICTION OF STEEL CAUSES SMOKE.
Iowa City, Iowa, Oct. 12. -- (AP) -- Two persons were killed, two critically injured and six others were less seriously hurt early today when a fast Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific passenger train left the rails six miles east of here, and three cars tumbled into the path of an onrushing passenger train from the opposite direction.
All those injured were in the derailed train, No. 14, bound for Chicago, which was sideswiped by the westbound train, No. 23.
The fatal crash was the second train wreck in Iowa within 24 hours, piling up a death toll of six with more than 25 injured. The first accident occurred near Guttenberg yesterday when four were killed and 18 injured in the derailment of a Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific passenger train.
Caused By Broken Rail.
The dead were:
MRS. ESTHER ROBERTS of Des Moines.
SAM MASON, negro, of Chicago, waiter.
The injured were:
MADELINE ROBERTS, 12, daughter of MRS. ROBERTS, reported dying.
H. H. COREY, Austin, Minn, critical condition.
J. B. NETZKY, of Chicago.
B. F. HURN, of Chicago.
WALTER WEBB, negro, waiter, of Chicago.
MRS. VIRGINIA WELLWOOD, of New York, N. Y., minor injuries.
DOROTHY LEE NEFF, 8, and EDITH NEFF, 9, both of Colon, Ill., minor injuries.
CLAUDE LAFLER, trainmaster at Iowa City, said the derailment was caused by a broken rail.
He said train 28 crashed down upon the derailed cars before the other train had time to place flags or torpedoes on the tracks. He said it was only a matter of a few seconds between the derailment and the collision of the other train.
The club car and two Pullmans of train 14 left the rails and were sideswiped by the other train. One Pullman in which seven passengers were riding was demolished.
The accident occurred at 2:13 a.m., but it was nearly an hour and a half before A. LUDWIG of Rock Island, conductor of train 14, was able to reach a telephone to summon aid.
M. B. HOWE of Chicago, a passenger in one of the derailed Pullmans, told graphically of the terror which followed the crash.
He said panic broke out among the passengers of the derailed train when the second train crashed into it.
Friction of steel on steel as the heavy cars sideswiped each other in the pitch black night sent up clouds of smoke.
The passengers, believing the cars were on fire, ran screaming down the right of way, while the injured struggled vainly to extricate themselves.
The cars did not burn, he said, and the only smoke was that caused by friction.
All of the injured were taken to Iowa City hospitals on a hospital train made up here. Ambulances sent from Iowa City returned empty when no roadway to the wreck was found available.
Jefferson City Post Tribune Missouri 1934-10-12