Shevlin, MN Passenger Train Wrecked, May 1904



Special to The Globe.
Bemidji, Minn., May 2. -- Great Northern Passenger Train No. 13, west-bound, was wrecked one and one-half miles west of Shevlin at 3:35 this afternoon. The track crosses the Clearwater at this point and the bridge was on fire. The engine and entire train, except the buffet and dining car, which was the rear coach, crossed safely, but the heat from the burning bridge caused the explosion of an acetylene gas tank used for lighting and set the car on fire and a terrific explosion ensued.
The engineer and fireman jumped before the train crossed the bridge and were severely injured, the fireman perhaps fatally. Among the passengers in the buffet car injured are:
J. M. RICHARDS, Bemidji, severe burns.
J. L. SPENCER, Grand Forks, internal injuries.
GEORGE RALPH, Crookston, state drainage engineer, severe burns.
W. S. LYCAN, Crookston, manager Crookston ball team, bruised.
MR. KENT, manager Grand Forks ball team, severe burns.
Among the other passengers on the train were MR. LAXDAHL, of Landgon, N.D., president of the Northern Baseball league, who, together with MESSRS. KENT and LYCAN, was here to make arrangements for Sunday games during the summer. LAXDAHL escaped injury, but was nearly suffocated by smoke from the explosion.
The bridge was also totally destroyed, and all traffic on the Grand Forks-Duluth line is tied up.
H. R. McDONALD, wife and niece of Kelliher, were badly hurt. They were on their way to some point in North Dakota to attend the funeral of Mrs. McDonald's mother.
A number of other passengers received minot injuries, being cut by glass while escaping from the burning coach. There were only a few passengers in the car at the time of the accident. The dinner hour being over.

St. Paul Globe Minnesota 1904-05-03