Clearwater, MO Train Wreck, Aug 1909
ELEVEN INJURED IN TRAIN WRECK
TWO SLEEPERS ON IRON MOUNTAIN ROOL DOWN STEEP EMBANKMENT.
TEXAN AMONG THE INJURED
J. Wahrenberger of Conrad, Tex., Sustains Severe Bruises - Remarkable That None Was Killed.
SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.
Poplar Bluff, Mo., Aug. 21. - Only the hand of Providence prevented the entire train of No. 3, the Iron Mountain fast passenger to Texas, from going down a thirty-foot embankment this evening at Clearwater, three miles south of Piedmont, while rounding a curve.
In some unaccountable manner the tender of the engine jumped the track, but the baggage, mail, express, smoker, day coach and chair cars and diner remained on the rails. When the two rear sleepers left the track and were dragged for a distance of nearly three telegraph poles they broke loose from the diner, turning completely over in their terrible fall down the bank, yet no one was killed, but a number seriously injured. Word was sent back to Piedmont, and soon surgeons were on the ground giving attention to the suffering.
Before their arrival passengers in the coaches assisted the train crew to haul the injured from the wreck, and from the position some of them were found in, it is a miracle that no one was killed.
After medical attention had been given the injured the train was brought to this city, wehre they could be placed in a hospital pending their return to the St. Louis hospital. An investigation is being made by the officials as to the cause of the wreck, but it is probable that the exact cause will never be known.
The train was in charge of Conductor John Dates and pulled by Engineer Mattis.
List of injured:
R. H. Hill, Lake Providence, La., severely bruised about face, several scratch wounds and bruised in chest.
Mrs. M. B. Poore, Davenport, Iowa, cut on side of head and side bruised.
Mrs. Arnold Moser, 4143 Botanical avenue, St. Louis, cut on arm.
Mr. Thompson, Little Rock, left side bruised and injured.
C. W. Porter, Monticello, Ark., cut on head and bruised shoulder.
J. Gray, Little Rock, bruised in chest.
J. H. Porter, Monticello, Ark., bruised on head and shoulder.
S. C. Craig, Little Rock, bruised back.
J. Wahrenberger, Conrad, Tex., shoulder, arm and forehead badly bruised.
William Begersdorfer, 5338 Florissan(t) avenue, St. Louis, Pullman conductor, arm broken, two places, injured scalp wound.
F. Hill, Pullman porter, St. Louis, side crushed, head injured.
The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 22 Aug 1909