Clayton, KS Train Plunges Into Washout, Sept 1910

Terrible Wreck In Kansas

FOUR KILLED IN CRASH ON ROCK ISLAND.

FAST TRAIN HITS WASHOUT NEAR CLAYTON, KAN., AND PLUNGES INTO DITCH.

Norton, Kas., Sept. 23. -- It is reported that eighteen persons were killed in the Rock Island wreck at Clayton.

Oberlin, Kas., Sept. 23. -- Definite details of the wreck on the Rock Island near Clayton, Kas., this morning are hard to get. The engineer and fireman and eighteen passengers are reported killed and about twenty wounded. Physicians from all surrounding towns have gone to assist in caring for the wounded. Most of the injured have been taken to a hospital in Norton.

Norton, Kas., Sept. 23. -- Eight persons are known to have been killed and several injured when Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific train No. 27, from St. Louis to Denver, plunged through a forty-foot trestle into a creek two miles west of Clayton, Kas., early today. The bodies of four have been recovered, while four others can be seen at the bottom of the creek pinned beneath the wreckage.

The known dead are:
FRANK PICKABAUGH, engineer, Goodland, Kas.
J. W. USHER, conductor, Kansas City.
PHILIP G. HUFFMAN, baggageman, Kansas City.
WILLIAM MILLER, fireman, Goodland, Kas.

The creek, usually only a few feet wide, had been turned into a torrent by a cloudburst which struck this section last night, washing out the trestle.

Owing to the isolated section of the country, news of the disaster did not reach this point until late this morning, the brakeman of the train and two passengers traveling to Clayton on foot. Relief trains were sent from Norton and Colby and a wrecking train sent from Philipsburg.

Both relief trains have arrived on the scene. Nothing can be done except to care for the injured until the wreck train arrives.

Although it is believed probable that others have been killed, only those bodies recovered and those which can be seen at the bottom of the creek pinned down by the wreckage have been located.

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