Red Cloud, NE Head On Collision, Nov 1908
The dead engineer was the brother of Mrs. Phillip Trout, wife of Roadmaster Trout, who resides in this city, and the blow to her was severe, coming upon her in such a manner, and her many friends in Red Cloud extend to her their sympathy in her hour of trouble.
Both of the killed were single men and resided in McCook.
No. 63's crew comprising Engineer Roy E. French and Fireman John Henderson, narrowly escaped by jumping out of the cab windows, just as the extra engine plowed into them. They were not seriously injured, but escaped death by a very narrow margin. Young HENDERSON, in jumping through the cab window, fell upon his face and was scratched slightly, but otherwise he was unscathed.
The passenger trains 13 and 16 were sent around by the Hastings route, but 13 went west over a clear track at 8:10 p.m., and a stock extra reached Red Cloud at 6:00 p.m., and traffic was opened up and trains running as usual at that hour.
Coroner Hall was notified and viewed the bodies and the wreck, and is holding his inquiry today.
No blame could be attached to either crew, as both were in the right, and had it not been for the dense fog prevailing, the accident could not have happened. The stock extra was making Red Cloud to get out of the way of the Burlington flyer, No. 13 and No. 63 was getting on to the side track for the purpose of getting of the way of both trains and hence no blame could be attached to either crew.
Much praise should be extended the willing workers, who rescued the dead, and to the hard work done by the railroad boys, who worked like Trojans to clear up the wreckage.
A number of cattle were also killed by the collision, on train 63.
Conductor Dalton was in charge of 63 and Conductor Martin was on the wrecked stock train.
McCook Tribune Nebraska 1908-11-27