Missouri Valley, IA Train Collision, Sep 1944
NINE DEAD, MANY INJURED IN FREIGHT-PASSENGER CRASH AT MISSOURI VALLEY, THURSDAY.
FAST MERCHANDISE TRAIN CRASHES INTO SIDE OF PASSENGER; FORTY-THREE REPORTED IN HOSPITALS OF COUNCIL BLUFFS AND OMAHA.
Nine are dead and 43 persons are in Council Bluffs hospitals Friday as the result of an accident on the North Western railroad just south of Missouri Valley Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The Calumet, fast Omaha to Chicago freight, plowed into the Minneapolis-Omaha southbound passenger train as it was crossing the "Y" to the main line, overturning five cars on the passenger train and scattering wreckage for half a mile.
In addition to those in hospitals here, five soldiers are known to have been taken to the Fort Crook hospital to ease the crowded conditions at the two local institutions.
The Seventh Service command announced late Friday afternoon that 39 soldiers had been injured in the wreck, none from southwestern Iowa.
The dead are:
BEN WHITE, 53, Route 4, Council Bluffs, machinist foreman, North Western railroad.
MRS. BEN WHITE, 52, Route 4, Council Bluffs, president of the Back to the Rails auxiliary.
EDWIN MAYER, 50, Ashland, Neb.
IDA McLARNAN, Moville.
PAUL G. STORAASLI, Lavune, Minn.
Baby STEENHOVEN, about 2 years old, Hull.
Pvt. HENRY OSCAR ELI, Lawler, Minn.
Pvt. LEO D. HENSEN, Willston, N.D.
Pvt. STEVE STEENHOVEN, Hull, Ia., husband of MRS. STEENHOVEN.
In Critical Condition:
MRS. AGNES STEENHOVEN, Hull, mother of the dead baby.
CHARLOTTE ERWIN, 3 years old, Omaha, fractured skull.
MRS. FLORENCE NORTON, Denver, surgical supervisor, Colorado General Hospital, arm amputated.
S. Sgt. CHESTER HALBURG, 27, Dodge City, Kan., fractured skull.
MRS. RENEE WAUGH, 26, 620 Avenue D, Council Bluffs, head and back injuries.
MRS. JOHN ANDERSON, San Marco, Tex., chest and internal injuries, two leg fractures.
A search was reported under way at the scene of the wreckage for a 5-year-old girl. Rescuers said one coach had not been examined thoroughly but that a check would be made as soon as wrecking crews had completed righting the car.
Railroad cranes, which were called into service Thursday night, have re-established service on the line and traffic is reported moving through to Omaha.
Service Men to Omaha.
Most of the injured service men on board the train were given first aid treatment at the Mercy Hospital here and then taken to the hospital at Fort Crook to ease the crowded condition at local hospitals. Only five are believed to have been hospitalized at Fort Crook.
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