Bartlett, ND Wrecked Train Burns, Apr 1907

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A WRECKED TRAIN BURNS UP.

SIX PASSENGERS KILLED AND A NUMBER RECEIVE SERIOUS INJURIES.

TRAIN WAS RUNNING AT THIRTY-FIVE MILE RATE.

CARS ROLL OVER TEN FOOT EMBANKMENT AND THEN CATCH FIRE.

EVIDENCE THAT RAILS WERE TAMPERED WITH.

St. Paul, April 15. -- A dispatch to the Dispatch from Lakota, N.D., says:
The Great Northern Oriental limited fast coast train, which left St. Paul at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, was wrecked and totally burned at 1:20 o'clock this morning. Six persons are known to have met death, and it is not known how many bodies are still in the ruins. The accident occurred four miles from here, near the village of Bartlett within half a mile of where the same train was wrecked last fall. It is the worst wreck that ever occurred in North Dakota. The cars comprising the train were destroyed, with the exception of the standard sleeper and observation car. The train was running 35 miles an hour and the cause of the accident is not known. All the cars left the track.
Many thrilling escapes are reported and numerous acts of heroism are told by the survivors. The engine lies across the line dividing Nelson and Ramsey counties. The mail car passed the engine and burned in Ramsey county.
Mail Clerk JONES of Grand Forks was killed, but his body was taken from the car by Mail Clerk FODNESS, who was himself severely burned about the head.
The train carried many passengers. Every car, except the observation car, left the track, but, the sleeper was pulled on again before the flames reached it. The cars went over a ten-foot embankment and a few minutes after the accident a gas tank exploded and set fire to the wreck. The report of the explosion was heard here, a distance of four miles.
The uninjured worked herotically to rescue the imprisoned, and it is thought all but three were removed. Those killed were in the front part of the smoker, which was telescoped by the express car in front of it.
Passengers give special praise to the news agent, W. H. GREEN of St. Paul, who worked heroically in rescuing the injured. He himself was considerably injured.
A special train with surgeons was sent from Devil's Lake and another was made up here which ran to Michigan, and carried the coroner and all physicians from Michigan to the scene.
A Fargo correspondent of the Associated Press telegraphs that but three persons were killed in the Great Northern wreck.

Reno Evening Gazette Nevada 1907-04-15

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G. N. ORIENTAL EXPRESS WRECKED.

THREE PERSONS KILLED AND A NUMBER INJURED IN DERAILMENT AT BARTLETT, N.D.

Lakota, N.D., April 15. -- The Great Northern Oriental Limited, the fast coast train which left St. Paul at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, was wrecked, and almost totally burned at 1:20 this morning. Three persons are known to have met death in the disaster, and it is not known how many more bodies are still in the ruins.
The accident occurred four miles from here, near the small village of Bartlett, within half a mile of where the same train was wrecked last fall.
The cars comprising the train were destroyed, with the exception of the standard sleeper and observation car. The train was running at a speed of thirty-five miles an hour, and the cause of the accident is undetermined, but is supposed to have been due to spreading rails. All the cars left the track on the left side.
Many thrilling escapes are reported, and numerous acts of heroism are told by the survivors. The engine lies across the line dividing Nelson and Ramsey Counties. The mail car passed the engine and burned in Ramsey County.
Mail Clerk JONES, of Grand Forks, was killed; but was taken from the car by Mail Clark FODNESS, who entered the burning car three times to rescue the body, and only succeeded by himself, being severely burned about head.
The cars went over a ten-foot embankment, and a few moments after the accident the acteyline gas tank exploded, setting fire to the wreck. The report of the explosion was heard here, a distance of four miles.
The uninjured worked heroically to rescue the imprisoned and it is though all but three are removed. Those killed were in the front part of the smoker, which was telescoped by the express car in front of it.
The dead:
HARRY JONES mail clerk, Grand Forks, killed instantly.
Unknown Greek Laborer, injured and cremated in the burning car.
Unknown Laborer, cremated.
The injured:
ALFRED QUALLEY, of Osgood, N.D., feet smashed and injured internally.
A. SAUNDERS, of Clarence, Mo., thigh broken.
Fireman CURTIS, of Larimore, shoulder dislocated.
Mail Clerk FODNESS, Grand Forks, arm broken and internally injured.
MATT NELSON, Fossion, Minn., breast bruised, rib broken.
J. A. WEEKS, Minneapolis, travelling man, knee injured.
IKE McDOWAN, travelling man, Grand Forks, badly bruised.
News Agent GREEN, St. Paul, leg lacerated.
Engineer PETER FERGUSON, Larimore, hurt about the head.
The train was in charge of Conductor LUND and Collector WINSHIP. PETER FERGUSON was the engineer, and ROY CURTIS, fireman. The mail and baggage cars with their contents were burned up, and smoker was totally wrecked, every sear being unfastened from its moorings and piled up in the front of the car, burying the Greek and an unknown man almost completely and killing them instantly. Just the feet of the unknown man could be seen when the fire broke out in the spot where he lay, and before the rescuers could reach him his body was consumed. A few seats back lay the Greek with a deep gash in his head, and his left foot taken off.
There is said to be some evidence that the rails had been tampered with. Officials of the road say that the track in this vicinity had been in apparently first-class condition. They are unable to account for the wreck on any other theory than that it was an attempt of miscreants to wreck the train.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1907-04-16