Pittsburg, KS Train Collision, Feb 1895



Pittsburg, Kas., Feb. 16. -- (Special) -- Late this evening a frightful wreck occurred where the Missouri Pacific; Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf and Santa Fe railroads cross each other, and where there is an embankment about fifteen feet high. A Missouri Pacific coal train was switching and the engineer failed to see the Santa Fe passenger going north and collided therewith, striking the tender of the Santa Fe engine, throwing the entire train except the engine to the bottom of the embankment. The Missouri Pacific engine is lying down the embankment, but was saved from turning over by the Santa Fe tender.
Every person on the Santa Fe train was more or less injured, and the wonder is that there was not greater injuries received by the passengers. All traffic on the three roads is stopped. The passengers were rescued from the wreck and are distributed over the city, making it impossible to get an accurate list of the injured at this hour. The train was the regular Santa Fe Kansas City passenger, which arrives here at 5:05 and returns to Girard, and the passenger list was comparatively light. So far as can be learned, none of the crews of either train was seriously injured except Conductor RAMSEY, of the Santa Fe, who was injured internally. The names and injuries of those obtainible now are as follows:
GEORGE DAVIS, boy, leg torn off.
MISS BERTHA GARVER, wounded in side by broken timber; ankle dislocated and other bodily injuries.
Under Sheriff HIRAM ADSIT, both legs broken, arm dislocated and cut about the head and face.
MRS. DR. M. E. JOHNSON, leg broken; face and body cut and contused.
Son of Mrs. Johnson, injured internally; body crushed and ear cut off.
JOE ENNIS, leg broken; cut about the head and face and body crushed; internally injured perhaps.
MISS LAURA JAMES, leg and both arms broken, head cut in several places and ugly wound in head.
The accident occurred within the city limits and the trains were running slow. The Santa Fe engineer was a new one, and the claim is made that he did not know of the crossing. It is said the Missouri Pacific engineer signaled for the crossing before the Santa Fe was within the regulation distance.

Kansas City Daily Journal Missouri 1895-02-17