Iowa Falls, IA Train Collision, Apr 1912

Iowa Falls IA Train Wreck 4-21-1918.jpg


Iowa Falls, April 22 -- Two men were killed and another probably fatally injured when the second section of an Illinois Central stock train crashed into the rear end of the first section here late Sunday afternoon. The dead:
FRED BLISS, Washea, Iowa.
NELS JUERGENSON of Anthen, Iowa, suffered a broken leg and was internally injured.
The three victims were riding in the way car of the first section of the train with eleven other stockmen. The men saw the other train approach and the majority escaped by jumping.
The engine crew also escaped by jumping.
More that a dozen stock cars were demolished and 300 hogs were killed.

Iowa City Daily Press Iowa 1912-04-22


Honey Creek, Iowa

I don't know if you can help or not, but one of my distant relatives was killed in Honey Creek, Iowa on May 15, 1912. His body was sent home to Chicago, IL for burial. All I ever heard was that he was riding the rails. I was wondering if there was an article in the local newspaper about what had happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated! His name was Joseph Collins and he was close between 18 and 20 years old. Thank you!

Iowa Falls trainwreck of 1912

my great-grandfather was among the three fatalities and he was a Danish immigrant who's surname was actually spelled Jorgensen


thank you for that information ...
in respect .. the name has been changed
Thank you for writing GenDisasters

My grandfather was killed in

My grandfather was killed in this wreck and his name was Fred Carstensen of Anthon, IA. His name is not Fred Carson thanks