Greene, IA Train Wrecks At Crossing, Oct 1909

wreck at Greene Iowa view of wreck

TWO LIVES LOST IN A RY. WRECK; OTHERS INJURED.

CHARLES RUGE, GREEN RIVER, ILL, AND W. A. GARRINGER, WAVERLY, FIREMAN, VICTIMS.

LOOSE PLANK ON STREET CROSSING CAUSE OF TERRIBLE CATASTROPHE.

FAST THROUGH ROCK ISLAND RUNNING FIFTY MILES PER HOUR IS DERAILED WHEN SWITCH IS REACHED -- NO. 22.

Special to Times-Tribune:
Greene, Ia., Oct. 8. -- Running at a speed estimated at fifty miles per hour, Rock Island combination fast mail passenger train, No. 22. second section of train No. 20, from Minneapolis to Chicago, struck a switch just after passing the depot in this city this morning about 1 o'clock and was derailed, two men dying from injuries received in the terrible wreck, and several others seriously injured.
The dead:
CHARLES RUGE, Green River, Ill.
W. A. CARRINGER, Waverly, Ia.
The injured:
JOHN SANKETT, engineer, Cedar Rapids.
J. A. STOLAR, mail clerk, Cedar Rapids.
A. H. SHROEDER, mail clerk.
H. B. THOMAS, mail clerk, Columbus Junction.
JIM WARREN, porter, Cedar Rapids.
Many others more or less injured by the shake-up.
The derailed train is due to arrive in Waterloo at 1:53, and was running a trifle late when the accident occurred. It is not known just what was the cause of the wreck, unless it was caused by some rod or shafting from the under part of the engine becoming loose and jerking a heavy timber from a street crossing which was picked up several hundred feet from where the wreck occurred, striking a switch which threw the derail, with the result that the engine, baggage, mail, express car and smoker went in the ditch. The observation car was thrown across the track with the front end piled up on top of the smoker at a considerable angle. The rear trucks underneath the wrecked cars slided ahead with the impact. The track was torn up for fully 200 feet, as the four forward cars were turned crosswise of the tracks and piled in a hopeless mass of ruins. The engine and tender were almost completely demolished.
Riding "Blind Baggage."
It was learned that CHARLES RUGE, who died a few hours after the wreck, from the effect of the burns and both internal and external injuries, was riding what is known as the "blind baggage," between the tender and baggage coach. Letters in his pockets lead to his identification, and showed that his home is in Green River, Ill., and that he has a brother living at Carbon Cliff, Ill., where he was en route.
The second victim of the catastrophe, W. A. GARRINGER, was the fireman and was picked up several feet out of the right of way with injuries that were soon known would prove fatal. He was placed on board the special train for Cedar Rapids, which left here about 10:30, but died on the way, it is thought about 12 o'clock.
The special from Cedar Rapids was loaded with physicians and surgeons, several coming from Waterloo, and work of trying to relieve the pain and misery was begun and heroic efforts made to save the lives of those most seriously injured and abate the suffering of those less injured.
Worse Mixup Than Norris Siding.
The wreck, aside from the fatalities, is regarded to be even worse than that which occurred at Norris Siding about two years ago. The cars are piled up in a worse condition and the track is torn up worse than the former wreck. A temporary track was laid around the wreck and trains detoured late in the afternoon. It will be three or four days, however, before the repairs can be completed and traffic resumed the same as before. Every available repair and construction man was rushed to the scene, and are still at work late this afternoon.

Waterloo Times Tribune Iowa 1909-10-09