Hell Gate Canyon, MT Locomotive Explosion, July 1938

LOCOMOTIVE WRECKED BY EXPLOSION.

FIVE MEN KILLED, 15 OTHERS INJURED 27 MILES EAST OF MISSOULA, MONT.

Missoula, Mont. (UP) -- The locomotive of a 75-car Northern Pacific Railway freight train exploded in Hell Gate Canyon, 27 miles east of Missoula, early today, killing five men and injuring 15 others.
Ten of the wooden cars were splintered along the right of way. The wreckage of the engine was hurled into the Clark Fork River.
The dead:
ERNEST WESTIN, engineer.
ELVA DUNLAP, fireman.
ERNEST BEDILLION, brakeman.
A 15-year-old transient, RAYMOND ________ whose personal effects indicated that his home was in Norfolk, Neb.
CHRISTIAN NISSEN, Missoula, Mont. (Other transients were aboard the train but whether they were injured was not known.)
The wreck was the third recently in Montana. Two others occurred on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. More than 45 persons were killed in one at Custer Creek, and a youth was killed in a second near Roundup.
A worker in a powerhouse a mile away, one of the first to reach the scene, said the engine exploded before leaving the rails.
An emergency crew was dispatched to the scene of the wreck as soon as it had been reported. Six of the injured were brought to the Northern Pacific Hospital here for treatment.
They were:
CHARLES ZAREMBA, 25, of Plainfield, N. J.
TOM WATSON, 29, of Wylie, Minn.
WILLIAM G. MEDHUS, 27, Minot, N.D.
FRED COSSETTE, 45, Brainerd, Minn.
JULIAN DUKNOWICZ, 45, West Springfield, Mass.
DON ASBE, 25, Oakland, Calif.

Sandusky Star Journal Ohio 1938-07-08