Ford River, MI Train Collision, Feb 1900
NINE ARE KILLED IN A WRECK.
MOST DISASTROUS COLLISION EVEN KNOWN ON THE NORTHWESTERN ROAD.
Escanaba, Mich., Feb. 9. -- By all odds the most disastrous wereck ever known on the Peninsula division of the Chicago & Northwestern railway occurred late Thursday night at Ford River switch, seven miles south of here. Nine people were killed and six were injured, two fatally.
Following is a list of the dead:
W. J. HILL, of Felch, expressman.
W. M. DILLON, of Escanaba, brakeman.
CHARLES MORTON, of Escanaba, land-looker.
GEORGE BLAKE, of Escanaba, land-looker.
MISS SEYMOUR, of Schaffer, Mich.
S. O. GREEN, of Negaunee.
JOHN HAMLIN, of Canada.
The injured are:
B. W. BROWN, of Escanaba, cedar dealer, probably fatally.
H. W. READE, of Escanaba, superintendent Pittsburg and Lake Superior Iron Company.
THEODORE DE FORD, of Hardwood, Mich.
MRS. SEYMOUR, of Schaffer, Mich.; fatally.
PETER R. LEGG, of Gladstone.
The accident was caused by the fast freight, No. 289 crashing into the rear of the Felch branch accommodation. The accommodation train was late, and had stopped at Ford River switch to take on some passengers. From the facts reported it encroached on the freight's time. Just as the accommodation was ready to pull out the freight train came tearing along at the rate of a mile a minute on a straight track and in a blinding snowstorm.
The train instantly caught fire, and four bodies, beyond the power of the rescuing party to save, were burned. A rescuing party, including every doctor in this city, was hastily sent to the scene, and all injured and dead have been brought here. Engineer J. R. GREEN and Fireman THOMAS POWERS both had very narrow escapes from death.
Racine Daily Journal Wisconsin 1900-02-09