Guthrie, OK (O.T.) Train Collision, Feb 1895
TRAINS MEET IN DEAD MAN'S CUT.
SEVEN MEN KILLED AND AT LEAST A DOZEN BADLY INJURED.
MOST DISASTROUS WRECK.
ENGINES, BAGGAGE, MAIL AND OTHER CARS DEMOLISHED.
SEVENTH HEAD OF STOCK KILLED -- INJURIES IN THE HUMAN FREIGHT NEARLY ALL CONFINED TO THE CREWS OF THE TWO TRAINS -- ACCIDENT WAS CAUSED BY A MISINTERPRETATION OF ORDERS BY THE FREIGHT ENGINEER.
Guthrie, O.T., Feb. 17. -- The Texas express and a through cattle train on the Santa Fe collided in Dead Man's Cut, five miles south of here at midnight Saturday night.
The freight was coming around a short curve, so neither headlights could be seen until within thirty feet of each other.
The passenger engineer jumped and saved his life, as did the freight fireman. Freight Engineer CHARLES UPLEBY jumped but his head struck the rocky side of the cut and he was killed.
Passenger Fireman PATRICK COLDRON was caught in the cab and scalded so badly he died this morning.
Both engines, baggage and mail cars and half a dozen freight cars were demolished. Seventy head of stock were killed. The passenger coaches did not leave the track and no passengers were badly injured.
The injured are:
JAMES MOORMAN, freight conductor, left arm broken.
EDWARD KITCHEN, passenger conductor, hand mashed and body badly bruised.
Passenger R. R. REAGLE, body badly bruised.
Baggageman GEORGE MEVILLE, scalded.
Mail Clerk HUTCHINS, head cut.
Roadmaster McKINNEY, bruised.
E. BRIDGEMAN, JOHN J. ENGLISH and H. A. SPROW, bodies lacerated.
HARRY TROWER, Kansas City stock yards, cut in the neck and face.
A. HAHN, fireman on freight, sprained arm.
J. B. WELDENHEIMER, cuts in face and body.
The wreck will not be cleared so trains can go through until tomorrow. The wreck was caused by a misinterpretation of orders by the freight engineer, who thought he was to pass the passenger at Guthrie instead of at Seward, two miles south of the wreck.
Salt Lake Herald Utah 1895-02-18