Ashland, NE Train Accident, Jun 1910

Woman Is Struck By Train

Was On Platte River Bridge East Of Ashland.

Gave Name Of Eva Moody

Taken to a Hospital in Lincoln and Is Now Unconscious-Is Suffering From Concussion of the Brain.

Ashland, Neb., June 28.-A woman aged about thirty-five years, was struck by eastbound passenger train No. 14 near the east end of the Platte river bridge, two miles east of Ashland Monday night. The train leaves here at 6:45 and the engineer saw the woman but supposed she would step onto one of the side landings, as she was only ten feet away, but instead she sat down on the ties and before the train could be stopped it struck her in the back, inflicting a cut three inches long in her head and several bruises on the back. She clung to the ties and saved herself from being brushed into the river, but was unconscious when picked up by the train crew. The train backed into the Ashland depot and medical aid was summoned. Becoming partly conscious, the woman gave her name as Eva Bender and her residence as Omaha, so far as the physician could understand her.

Her clothing was meager and of poor quality and her shoes were torn to shreds. A handbag which she carried contained to boxes of matches, a few scraps of bread and a comb, but no writing that would throw light on her identity. She was taken to Lincoln to a hospital on train No. 9 later in the night.

At the hospital at a late hour last night it was said that the woman was still unconscious, and that she has not regained consciousness since the accident. At times she has been semi-conscious and in these intervals she has been questioned, but it is stated by the physician that under such conditions the woman’s statement cannot be taken as absolutely true.

While in a semi-conscious state the injured woman said her name is Mrs. Moody, and that she was on her way to Seward when struck by the train. She said her husband was dead and that she had two little children in the home for the friendless. Her father-in-law, she said, lives in Seward.

Dr. Hollenbeck said last night that the woman has a good chance for recovery. She has a laceration in the scalp about to and one-half inches long, three ribs broken, and is suffering from concussion of the brain. He did not believe that she is internally injured, and does not think the skull is fractured.

At the state home for dependent children it was said that two children by the name of Moody had been there until a short time ago. The children were aged seven and five years. The father’s name was given as Thomas Moody and the mother’s name as Mrs. Eva Moody of Seward.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 29 Jun 1910