Bartlett, ND Great Northern Train Wreck, Apr 1907
11 KILLED, 12 INJURED IN GREAT NORTHERN WRECK.
ORIENTAL LIMITED WRECKED NEAR BARTLETT MONDAY AFTERNOON - 11 KILLED, 12 INJURED - TRAIN BURNED UP - ONE OF DEAD IDENTIFIED.
WILLIAM B. JONES, mail clerk, Grand Forks, instantly killed.
Unknown white laborer, burned to death in wreckage.
ALFRED QUALLEY, Osgood, N.D., feet smashed and internally injured.
PETER FERGUESON, engineer, Larimore, face cut, severely injured about the body.
ROY CURTIS, fireman, Larimore, N.D., left shoulder broken, body bruised.
ARCHIE SANDERS, Florence, Wis., thigh broken.
C. H. FODNESS, mail clerk, Grand Forks, eye destroyed and both legs smashed.
MATTHEW NEILSON, Fosston, Minn., left arm broken.
J. J. WEEKS, Minneapolis, traveling salesman, knee broken.
THOMAS ELLIS, Larimore, neck and head severely injured.
ISAACS McGOWAN, Grand Forks, traveling salesman, several body bruises.
_____ GREEN, "newsy" leg and back badly injured.
Lakota, N.D., April 15. - The Great Northern palatial coast train, Oriental Limited No. 1, running at a rate of thirty five miles an hour, was ditched at 1:23 a.m. three quarters of a mile east of Bartlett, N.D., and eleven passengers were killed and twelve seriously injured as a result.
With the exception of the Pullman sleeper and the observation car, the entire train consisting of eight coaches was completely destroyed by fire which was started immediately after the passenger train left the track. The ten unknown passengers killed were burned to death in the wreckage before their bodies could be rescued.
While the exact cause of the disaster is unknown, Engineer FERGUESON of Larimore this morning made the startling announcement that in his opinion, the rails at the spot where the accident occurred had been tampered with.
A relief train, well supplied with physicians was made up at Devils Lake and arrived at the wreck a short time after the accident happened. The injured were placed on the train which was hurried to Grand Forks and where taken to the Deaconess Hospital for treatment.
Word received here this morning from Grand Forks indicates that all of the injured people will recover from the effects of their injuries.
Mail Clerk JONES, who was instantly killed was at work in the front end of the mail car when the train left the track. His body was rescued a few moments before the flames reached that part of the wreckage where he was found.
Fireman ROY CURTIS had a miraculous escape from death, he being hurled about forty feet from the engine when it went down the embankment at the side and was found lying beneath one of the coaches in about a foot of water when he was rescued.
The wrecked train left Grand Forks last evening about three hours late, the delay being caused by a wreck near Ojata, where an ore train was derailed early Sunday. A peculiar coincidence in connection with the wreck this morning is that the Great Northern passenger No. 5 was wrecked 100 yards from the scene of today's accident last summer.
Williston Graphic North Dakota 1907-04-18