Vincent, IA Train Wreck Apr 1891



The Engineer, Fireman and Brakeman of the Freight and Fireman of the Passenger Injured.

A very serious accident occurred on the Southwestern about six miles west of Washington at 9:30 yesterday morning. Passenger train No. 15, which left here at 6:15 with Conductor E. A. STONE in charge and Engineer CHARLES STEVENS at the throttle, collided with the second section of freight No. 46. Conductor STONE had orders to side-track at Vincent, a flag station five miles west of Washington, for a freight. On reaching Vincent he found a local freight on the side track, and thinking that was the train he was to wait for , pulled out. About a mile west of Vincent is a very sharp curve with a heavy grade. Just as the passenger train reached this curve the freight came around it at a high rate of speed and before either engineer had time to reverse the two engines came together with a terrific crash. The passenger train was going at a rate of 25 miles an hour at the time. Engineer NORTON of the freight, and his fireman, SCHUNDERMAN, were badly although probably not fatally injured. The head brakeman of the freight, BROWN, was badly scalded, being thrown forward over two cars into the engine. Both engines are a total wreck and will never be able to go on the road again. Engineer CHARLES STEVENS of the passenger was uninjured, while his fireman, WILSON, received a number of severe bruises, Mail Agents W. HOPE of Birmingham, and E. J. BROWN of St. Jo., were pretty badly injured, receiving a number of severe buts in the face. The mail car was smashed into kindling wood, the floor being the only part which held together. The baggage car was also badly wrecked. The passenger cars were uninjured, nor were any of the passengers hurt, other that a few bruises, the result of being thrown headlong out of their seats. Of the freight train there were probably eight or ten cars derailed. Six cars of corn were broken up and the corn scattered in every direction. The mail in the mail car looked as though it it had been struck by a cyclone. It was gathered up and put into another car and SHINABARGER of Washington, and DARNELL of Fairfield started out to sort it over. The mail car was No. 32 and belonged to the main line.

Engineer NORTON and Fireman SCHUNDERMAN live at Eldon. They were taken first to Washington where their wounds were dressed. The physician would not allow them to be taken out of the car. Last night they were taken to their home at Eldon.

Conductor E. A. STONE has been in the employ of the company for nineteen years and this is the first serious blunder he has made. He was train master at Trenton, Mo., for two years and when the reduction in the force commenced about a year ago he was put back on the road . Engineer STEVENS lives at Eldon and has been running on the road for fifteen years and has always been a trusted man.

Davenport Morning Tribune Iowa 1891-04-11