Omaha, NE Locomotive Boiler Explosion, July 1933

A HUTCHINSON MAN INJURED IN EXPLOSION.

O. C. PARKS ONE OF VICTIMS OF MISHAP IN UNION STATION AT OMAHA.

IS DUE TO CARELESSNESS.

ENGINEER AND FIREMEN PERMIT WATER TO GET LOW AND ARE DEAD AS RESULT.

Omaha, July 19. -- (AP) -- Carelessness of the engine crew was blamed today by J. I. Aydelott, general manager of lines west, for an explosion in a Burlington railroad locomotive's boiler at the union station here last night, which killed three men, injured thirteen and caused damage estimated at $135,000.
Aydelott expressed belief that the engineer and fireman on the Ak-Sar-Ben limited creack Denver-Chicago passenger train, failed to watch the locomotive's gauges and "failed to feed water into the boiler when it was needed."
The dead:
CHARLES TEETER, engineer of Creston, Ia.
K. J. ZIMMERMAN, fireman, Lincoln, Neb.
JAMES MELTAE, 29, Negro "red cap" of Omaha.
Inspection of the wrecked engine by Burlington officials and John Welch, federal locomotive inspector, Aydelott said, showed that the engine was in perfect condition when it left Lincoln, Neb., last night on its run to Omaha.
He said it would cost about $100,000 to put the engine in service again. Damage to the overhead concourse linking the union and Burlington stations, will amount to about $15,000.
The blast came with a deafening roar and a blinding flash as the big locomotive coasted slowly into the station at dusk. Hurled 100 feet into the air, the ten-ton boiler tore through a section of the concourse, completely wrecked the 160,000 pound locomotive, leaving only the wheel trucks on the tracks.
Near panic ensued momentarily among the crowd at the station and on nearby trains. For several hours police fought to keep back a crowd of curious estimated at 15,000, as wrecking crews worked to clear away the twisted mass of steel.
The injured:
O. C. PARKS, Hutchinson, Kansas, standing on platform; second degree burns on face and cheek. Condition fairly good but not out of danger.
MILLER MELLOTI, 21, Glen Aston, W. Va., college student, severe burns on head, face and hands.
JAMES GOODIN, Des Lodge, Mo., newsboy on a Wabash train, mouth cut and injuries to back. Possible internal injuries.
JOHN THOMAS, Chicago, Negro porter, abrasions and bruises of right shoulder.
R. H. PAUL, 60, Omaha, car repairer, burns on head, back, and legs.
STEPHEN PETERS, 58, Omaha, burns on neck and arms.
MISS OLETA MINTER, Omaha, burns on both legs.
HANS O. P. HENSEN, Omaha, shoulder possibly broken by flying metal.
JACKIE VERNON, 5, Omaha, severe scalp lacerations and bruises.
JIMMIE VERNON, his brother, cuts and bruises.
JOHN GREEN, Omaha, Negro porter, second degree burns over large portion of body, condition serious.
STEPHEN HYAK, Omaha, severe body bruises.
EARL FLEET, Omaha, bruises on face and body.
In addition there were several who had only minor injuries and were given emergency treatment.

Hutchinson News Kansas 1933-07-19