Gifford, IA Train Wreck, Feb 1902

IOWA CENTRAL WRECK

TWO ENGINE CREWS KILLED IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION NEAR GIFFORD, IA.

MANY PASSENGERS INJURED

Light Locomotive Crashes Into a Passenger Train - Engineer of the Former Said to Have Disobeyed Orders

Marshalltown, Ia., Feb. 17. -- Four lives were lost in a head-on collision on the Iowa Central railroad, one mile north of Gifford, when a light engine, northbound, crashed into a passenger train. The dead are:
WALLACE FREW, Keithsburg, Ills, engineer light engine.
JOHN WHITE, Oakaloosa, engineer passenger train.
FRANK PATTON, Marshalltown, fireman, light engine.
ELMER OGLE, Marshalltown, fireman, passenger train.

LAWRENCE J. GEGAN of Chicago, a traveling salesman, was badly bruised about the hips. A number of other passengers were slightly injured. Engineer FREW of the light engine should have cleared the passenger train at Gifford, but failed to do so.

The Iowa Recorder Greene, Iowa 1902-02-18