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Buffalo, KS Stock Train And Work Trains Collide, Apr 1903

Wreck Near Buffalo KS Train debris

ELEVEN KILLED; MANY INJURED.

ACCIDENT IN KANSAS CAUSED BY MISREADING OF ORDERS.

STOCK TRAIN CRASHES INTO THE REAR OF A WORK TRAIN -- DEAD MEN WERE GREEKS AND ITALIANS WHO WERE RETURNING FROM THEIR DAY'S WORK.

Buffalo, Kans., April 27 -- A northbound Missouri Pacific stock train crashed into the rear end of a work train just north of this town last evening and eleven men were killed and twenty-five injured. Ten of the latter are seriously and four probably fatally hurt. They were Greeks and Italians, excepting one PETER FRY, an American, who has lived here several years and was a boss on the work train. The cause of the wreck is given as misreading of orders.
The work train consisted of flatcars and a caboose, all filled with laborers. The men on the flatcars escaped by jumping but hardly a man in the caboose escaped. The work train was backing into town for the night and running at a good speed. The heavy freight engine did not leave the track, but plowed the work train off the track, leaving little of it except car wheels and kindling wood.
Doctors of Buffalo, assisted by townspeople did heroic work among the injured, until the wrecking train, with surgeons of Neodesha, and a corps of half a dozen physicians from Coffeyville and Independence arrived. The dead and injured were taken to Coffeyville, the latter to be temporarily cared for at the hospital there.
The scene of the wreck for several hours looked like a battle field by the dazzling light of the burning debris, with dead men strewn about the ground, where they had been left aafter being taken from the wreck.

The Atlanta Constitution Georgia 1903-04-28



article | by Dr. Radut