Fairfield, IA Train Collision, Oct 1905

FOUR DEAD; MANY HURT.

ERROR OF DISPATCHER CAUSES COLLISION ON ROCK ISLAND ROAD.

Two fast passenger trains on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad collided head-on south of Fairfield, Ia. Four persons were killed and between 15 and 20 injured, none fatally.
The dead:
F. J. MILKS, Muscatine, Ia., engineer.
GLEN CANFIELD, Murray, Ia., mail clerk.
Detective GRIFFITH, Lucas, Ia.
A tramp, name unkonwn.
The most seriously injured were:
W. H. DUNHAM, Eldon, Ia., engineer, leg broken, foot mashed.
E. W. WITTS, Eldon, Ia., fireman, head bruised.
H. G. POTTORF, Eldon, Ia, fireman.
C. B. HELMAR, mail clerk, head cut, leg crushed.
J. E. HICKMAN, mail clerk, bruised and cut.
G. W. WILLIAMS, GEORGE FISHER, J. QUAKENS and F. S. HAGLE, passengers, cut and bruised, not serious.
Trainmaster KENNELLY, back sprained.
E. J. WILMOT, New Bedford, Mass., thigh fractured.
F. S. HAGLE, Pontiac, Mich., back badly sprained.
Wrong orders given by the train dispatcher is alleged to have been the cause of the wreck.

Indiana Democrat Pennsylvania 1905-11-01