Clinton, NE Train Wreck On Washout, July 1908

WRECK NEAR CLINTON CAUSES DEATH OF FIVE MEN.

BRIDGE APPROACH GOES OUT.

ENGINEER, FIREMAN AND BRAKEMAN ON NORTHWESTERN AND TWO UNIDENTIRIED MEN VICTIMS -- TWO ARE INJURED.

A washout, caused by a cloudburst, caused a terrible accident Thursday night on the Northwestern road near the town of Clinton, between Rushville and Gordon. Five persons were killed, two are missing and two injured.
The dead:
WILLIS GRAHAM, engineer.
O. C. KYERS, fireman.
FRED EBONER, brakeman.
TWO UNKNOWN TRAMPS, who were stealing a ride.
Two other tramps are missing and two are injured. Fireman HARRIS and Engineer PACE are injured. When the train struck the washout both engines were overturned.
No. 16 left Chadron with a double header. The enginemen were PACE and HARRIS, GRAHAM and KYERS. WALTER WHITE was conductor, with GIER and EBONER brakemen. A cloudburst occurred north of Clinton and the great volume of water coming down had washed out the approach to the bridge. When No. 116 came along the crew were not aware of any danger and ran into the washout. The first engine passed over, but the second went down. After going across the washout the lead engine turned over and Engineer PACE had one of more fingers taken off and Fireman HARRIS had a leg broken.
The wrecking crew was sent to the scene of the wreck. Two engines and eight or ten cars were piled up. The bodies of the killed and the wounded were taken to Chadron.

The Nebraska Advertiser Nemaha City Nebraska 1908-07-03