Cardenas, NM Two Freight Trains Collide, Jul 1955
SANTA FE TRAINS COLLIDE; 5 DEAD.
BLAZING WRECKAGE IS PYRE FOR CREWMEN OF TWO FREIGHTS.
Fort Sumner, N.M. (AP) - Five crewmen reportedly were killed in the blazing wreckage of two freight trains that collided head-on early today. One body was recovered.
The men, residents of Clovis, N.M., were trapped in the cabs as flaming oil enveloped the toppled diesel engines. Would-be rescuers were unable to approach the units immediately.
The Santa Fe Railway said about 25 cars were derailed.
The wreck took place at Cardenas, 105 miles west of Clovis on the eastern New Mexico plains.
Goes Through Siding.
Ralph Ater, Santa Fe public relations officer, said the west-bound freight had headed into a siding to let the eastbound freight pass. The westbound train, instead of stopping, apparently went on through and collided with the approaching train on the main line.
The five crewmen, according to state patrolman Lloyd Miles, were presumed to have died in the flames which enveloped the overturned engines. He said one body had been taken out and rescuers cutting at the twisted steel could see others "lined up" inside.
Ater identified the victims as;
E. G. ABERNATHY, engineman of the eastbound;
J. W. FRYAR, head brakeman on the eastbound;
J. C. CANIPE, engineman of the westbound.
I. W. BELL, fireman on the westbound;
V. F. ADAIR, head brakeman on the westbound.
W. B. HESTER of Clovis, fireman on the eastbound train, was taken to the Fort Sumner Hospital with shoulder and ankle injuries.
Fire departments from Clovis, Fort Sumner and Vaughn sent men and trucks to the scene.
Janesville Daily Gazette Wisconsin 1955-07-05