Paynesville, MN Trains Minor Collision, July 1950


Paynesville, Minn., July 13 -- (AP) -- A special train loaded with eastern vacationists headed for Canada collided with a freight train here early today and at least 40 were injured.
There were no fatalities, first reports said.
R. E. LaMasurier, editor of the Paynesville Press, said doctors and ambulances were summoned from a wide area. Paynesville is 100 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
Both trains were operated by the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Saulte Ste. Marie (Soo) Railroad.
The 15-Pullman special train, had left Minneapolis at 1:30 a.m., bound for Baniff Canada. It carried 300 members of the Ohio, Pennsylvania and Atlantic Seaboard Hardware associations.
LaMasurier said the eastbound freight was attempting to take a siding when the collision occurred. He reported the westbound passenger train was travelling 50 miles an hour when it struck, shortly after 3 a.m. (CST).
Only the first two cars of the passenger train were derailed but the impact shattered glass throughout the passenger cars, the editor said. Railroad men were bringing another engine from Minneapolis to pull the shattered train back to that city.
The 300 aboard it were to visit Canada en route to their national hardware convention in Seattle.
LaMasurier said that "scores of head" of livestock being carried east on the freight train were killed and their carcasses flung along the right-of-way.
Most of the injured were given first aid treatment and remained aboard the train.

Daily Gazette Lake Kalispell Montana 1950-07-13