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Clayton, NM Train Collision, Mar 1937

ENGINEER KILLED, 8 HURT IN HEAD-ON TRAIN WRECK.

DAN HORAN, 40, OF TRINIDAD, IS CRASH VICTIM.

TWO ENGINES LOCKED TOGETHER IN COLLISION NEAR CLAYTON; RESCUE WORKERS USE TORCHES TO GET DEAD MAN FROM WRECKAGE.

Denver, March 27. -- DAN HORAN, 40, of Trinidad, Colo., a railroad engineer, was killed, and eight other persons, including three Denver women passengers, were injured shortly before midnight Friday when a Denver-bound Colorado & Southern passenger train, due here at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, collided head-on with a greight train, 10 miles north of Clayton, N.M.
The collision, dispatches stated, locked the two engines together, wrecked an express car, a baggage car and five freight cars.
The injured are:
MRS. A. L. CLARK, of 1420 Logan Street, a fractured vertebrae, cuts and bruises.
MRS. O. H. HAGE, of 773 Clayton Street, cuts and bruises.
MRS. CARRIE BYLER, of Denver, address unknown, a cut lip and forehead.
MRS. R. F. POOLE, JR., of Dallas, Texas, bruises.
MRS. MATTIE HERRON, of Waco, Texas, bruises.
C. W. CARY, of Trinidad, engineer of the freight train, cuts, bruises and possibly internal injuries.
C. E. GREENWADE, of Trinidad, fireman on the passenger engine, cuts and bruises.
J. BUTZ, of Trinidad, fireman on the freight train, cuts, bruises, crushed shoulder and possibly internal injuries.
None of the injured was hurt seriously, according to press dispatches. They were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Clayton.
It took rescue workers, with acetylene torches, almost four hours to reach HORAN, engineer of the passenger train, thru the twisted steel of the engine cab. He died of a crushed abdomen and internal injuries shortly after he was extricated.
Colorado & Southern railroad officials and members of the two engine crew refused to comment upon the probable cause of the collision. The passenger train was traveling north and the freight train south.
Railroad employes, dispatches stated, estimated that it would take about 12 hours to clear the wreckage of the two trains from the track.
CARL RYE of Amarillo, Tex., express agent in the baggage car, which was almost demolished, miraculously escaped injury. Seven men who were riding in one of the freight cars also were uninjured.
When word of the collision was received in Clayton, every available doctor and nurse was sent to the scene.
The wrecked passenger train was going from Dallas to Denver.

Greeley Daily Tribune Colorado 1937-03-27



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