Henryetta, OK Train Wrecks In Open Switch, Aug 1929
13 PERSONS KILLED IN TRAIN WRECK.
EN ROUTE TO TULSA FROM SHERMAN, TEXAS.
RAN INTO OPEN SWITCH.
Eleven of Those Killed Were Negroes, None of Whom Have Been Identified.
Henryetta, Okla. Aug. 18 (AP) -- Thirteen persons were killed when the St. Louis and San Francisco's fast passenger train No. 118 en route to Tulsa from Sherman, Texas, ran into an open switch here early today.
Eleven of those killed were negroes, none of whom have been identified so badly burned were the bodies. PETE WOLFE, engineer and H. A. BRYAN, fireman, were burned in the wreckage of the engine. BRYAN'S body has been recovered.
Thre[sic] Pullman cars remained upright and the passengers escaped unharmed. The negroes who were killed were in the forward section of the chair car and scalded to death by steam escaping when the boiler burst.
The chair car was hurled crosswise the track and came to rest almost above the mass of ruins. In some unexplainable manner the express and baggage car shot out of the wreckage and landed several feet away right side up on the lawn of a pump station.
Railroad officials and investigating the cause of the wreck. The officials were at a loss to understand why the switch was open.
Plattsburgh Sentinel New York 1929-08-20
Lists of Dead and Injured From The Ada Evening News Oklahoma
The Dead (White):
W. E. WOLFE, of Sherman, Texas, engineer. Died without leaving his post at the throttle.
H. A. BRYAN, of Sherman, Texas, fireman. Scalded to death in locomotive explosion and thrown clear of wreckage.
Negroes killed in accident:
BILLY BOB RIZER, 4 years old.
GOLDIE RICKS, Independence, Kansas.
WILLIAM ALEXANDER, 7 years old, Sapulpa.
JIMMY DENNIS, 8 years old, Sapulpa.
CECIL FULSOM, Sapulpa.
M. JACKSON, Pueblo, Colo.
BEN WATKINS, 8 years old.
HODGES BRIDGES, Clarksville, Texas.
Unidentified Negro Woman.
Seriously in hospital:
EUEL RENFRO, 29, of Tulsa, baggage car employe. In dangerous condition.
MRS. D. D. TAYLOR, 45, of Joplin, Mo. In dangerous condition.
MRS. L. A. TURNER, of Pawhuska.
The other injured were sent home.
Injured Negroes treated and released:
LUCY MORGAN, 40, Dallas, Texas.
MARY WATKINS, 9 years old, Weleetka.
FLATILLA WATKINS, Weleetka.