Gibson, NE Train Wreck, Oct 1889

Wreck on the Burlington.

OMAHA, Oct. 16. --- A wreck occurred on the Burlington & Missouri at Gibson, a few miles from Omaha, last evening. About fifty passengers were injured. The two engines were completely demolished and the chair car and combination car were thrown from the track and reduced to atoms. Train No. 6, local between Lincoln and Chicago, run into No. 9. The former was east and the latter west bound. Gibson is the meeting point and the place where the crew on No. 9, which is the train that makes connections with the Kansas City express, stops to register. Both trains are due at Gibson at 6:35 p. m., but last night No. 9 was slightly behind. When the accident occurred the latter had just crossed the spur and the engine of No. 6 struck the engine, hurling both engines and ten coaches from the track.

The combination coach and the chair car were both crowded with passengers, all of whom were more or less injured, while PETER REULAND, proprietor of the Tremont house, died shortly after being taken to the hospital. The chair car, after being overturned, caught fire and many of the passengers were burned in addition to their other injuries.

Among the injured are Engineer GILLESPIE, of Plattsmouth, badly bruised; HARRY S. WALLER, of Omaha, badly cut and bruised; MARY BUTLER, of South Omaha, hand crushed and body badly bruised; she is in a precarious condition; CHARLES LAURE, of Craig, ear cut off, face severely cut and body and lower limbs badly bruised; he lies in the hospital in an almost hopeless condition.

The following of the injured are at the hotels: E. MAX of New York, shoulder dislocated and lower limbs badly bruised; FRANCIS ELDER of New York, bruised and thought to have received internal injuries; FRED SHULTZ of New York, slightly cut about the head; A. FALKENBERGH of Chicago, lower limbs bruised and shoulders dislocated; G. W. CHAFFEE of Boston, slightly bruised; ISAAC SABOLD of Cincinnati, injured about the shoulder and head; J. KALISSER, New York, shoulder sprained and bruised about the body, head slightly cut; S. KEMPER, of Buffalo, New York, bruised about the body, head slightly cut and lower limbs bruised; ISAAC W. ROOKS, of Hartford, Connecticut, injured about the body.

Of the trainmen, Conductor LAVERIN on No. 9 had his right leg badly bruised and amputation may be necessary; Engineer McCOY on No. 9 was slightly bruised about the body. The two firemen, HASKENS and MARTIN, escaped with but slight injuries.

Aspen Weekly Times Colorado 1889-10-19