Mastin, KS Head-On Train Collision, June 1904



Kansas City, June 4. -- By the head-on collision of two Missouri Pacific passenger trains near Mastin, 22 miles south of Kansas City, one person was killed and nineteen injured, most of the latter passengers. The trains were No. 5, the Colorado flyer, west bound, and No. 36, a Hoisington, Kansas accommodation train, east bound.
The dead:
AUGUST BLOOM, Clear Lake, S. D., stealing a ride on blindbaggage.
The injured:
C. A. SLOCUM, engineer of the flyer, Kansas City, leg broken.
E. W. WHALEY, fireman on flyer, Kansas City, head cut, badly bruised.
E. W. FORD, porter, head bruised.
C. CONKLIN, of Kansas City, fireman, on train 36, knee mashed.
MRS. JOHN G. ROBINSON, 1917 St. Paul street, Baltimore, right leg wrenched.
JAMES FURNCAS, conductor on train 36, badly bruised.
D. A. ELLWELL, Oswattemi, Kansas, engineer on train 36, condition serious, probably injured internally.
M. J. BLASBAIG, Kansas City, head cut, badly bruised.
W. J. FORNE, Oswattemi, Kansas, head severely cut.
L. J. SLICK, Kansas City, leg sprained.
HENRY CASSELBUNA, New York City, nose broken.
DALE LUCAS, mail clerk on the flyer, body bruised.
FRANK LUNK, Kansas City, shoulder bruised.
IRENE PALMER, Los Angeles, head cut, body bruised.
LOUIS PALMER, Kansas City, head bruised.
W. J. McAULIFFE, Pueblo, Colorado, head bruised, knee hurt.
WILLIAM NICHOLS, Fort Douglass, Utah, right side hurt.
MRS. MARY KITLER, Portland, Oregon, knee bruised.
MISS POSTEN, Boston, left knee bruised.
Both trains were behind their schedule, and were trying to make up time. No. 36 had orders to take a siding at Mastin, but had not reached that station, and was met on a culvert a mile beyond Masten by the flyer. Both engines were demolished. The day coach on the accommodation train was telescoped, as was the mail car on the flyer. All the cars of both trains were thrown from the track and the track and roadbed completely wrecked.
A relief train was sent from Kansas City with a dozen physicians. Some of the injured were made comfortable at Mastin and others were brought to Kansas City. The injured are suffering from bruises and fractures received in the shock of the collision and the overthrowing of the coaches.

Oakland Tribune California 1904-06-04