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Arlington, IA Train Collision, Feb 1897

A FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT.

AN ENGINE CRASHES INTO A PASSENGER TRAIN AND KILLS FOUR MEN.

RANDOLPH ADDINGTON AND FRANK HOSAC NUMBERED AMONG THE DEAD.

Tuesday night a serious wreck occurred on the Northwestern line at Arlington, a small station east of Huron, by which Conductor RANDOLPH ADDINGTON and Baggageman FRANK HOSAC, both of Huron, JOHN LOFTUS, of DeSmet, and W. L. HARRISON, of Arlington, were instantly killed. Three others sustained painful, though not serious, injuries. Those killed were on a mixed train which was heading in on the side track when the rear end of the train was struck by a light engine. The combination coach and baggage car and a coal car were telescoped with the above result. The wrecked cars were consumed by flames and the dead bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Conductor ADDINGTON and Baggageman HOSAC for a number of years ran trains into this city where they are well known and the news of their said death while at the post of duty has brought sorrow to the many friends they had gained by their manly conduct during life.

Hawarden Independent Iowa 1897-02-04

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Actually, this accident

Actually, this accident happened near Arlington, South Dakota, not Iowa. The place names, including Huron and De Smet, are all South Dakota names.



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