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Berthold, ND Train And Bus Collision, Dec 1915

FIVE BOYS AND A MAN KILLED ON CROSSING.

ANOTHER YOUTH FATALLY INJURED WHEN GREAT NORTHERN TRAIN HITS SCHOOL BUS.

Berthold, N.D., Dec. 17. -- Five school boys and a man were killed and another boy probably mortally injured when a Grest Northern passenger train struck a bus loaded with school children at a railroad crossing during a heavy fog near here this afternoon.
JOHN AHERN, the driver of the bus, was the adult killed. The children, all under 16 years old, were members of three families and were being taken from school to their homes near here. LEONARD and EARL MILLER, SEVERT and ANTON HAGEN and HARRY ARNOLD were killed, and the latter's brother, LEONARD, is expected to die from injuries.

Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1915-12-18

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FIVE BOYS AND A MAN KILLED ON CROSSING, 17 Dec. 1915

Title: "Berthold, ND Train And Bus Collision, Dec 1915"

I called my father to confirm my previous comment. Correction, My uncle Willard was the survivor.

My Grandmother was the first to know of the accident when the school 'bus' wagon horses came running to their farm and turned in. When they got to the crossing, the train engine had come to a stop about one mile from the crossing in the direction of Minot to the east. Passengers and Great Northern employees, were trying to save what boys they could. My Grandparents could not find Harry age 7 and Willard age 9. They were finally found on the Trains cow catcher. Harry was dead but Willard was severely injured but alive.

Berthold, ND Train And Bus Collision, Dec 1915

My grandfather was Harry Arnold and father of three boys on that ill fated school wagon. The driver of the school wagon, it was a horse drawn fully enclosed cargo wagon, was a local notorious alcoholic. The driver was drunk and passed out with the wagon on the tracks. The driver was not killed in the train wreck according to my Grandfather's story of this incident. The driver was hung immediately by the local families, with the Sheriff present, along the train tracks from the nearest telegraph pole. Six children were killed out right in the collision, the young boy that I was later named after. Many other children were severely injured and transported by the Great Northern RR to Minot for treatment. Those that survived the night, my Uncle Aden Arnold was one of those, were taken to Minneapolis by Great Northern for better care. Great Northern paid for all medical and burial expenses. My Uncle Aden and other children were in Minneapolis medical care for six months.



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