Waelder, TX Freight Train Collision, Dec 1896

A TERRIBLE WRECK.

Waelder, Texas -- A terrible wreck occurred on the Southern Pacific, near Waelder, Sunday morning, at 8 o'clock, in which five men were killed. Two fast freight trains came together while going at full speed in a fog, and at the foot of a steep grade in both directions. The eastbound train had orders to wait on a blind siding near Waelder for thre sections of the westbound train. When the second section of the westbound train passed a mistake was made in reading the signals and the eastbound train backed out of the siding and started east at full speed. A dense fog enveloped the two approaching trains, which met in a sag in the road, each train going at a rapid rate of speed to make the opposite grade. Each train carried a crew of five men, half of whom were killed instantly and two others severely though not dangerously injured.
The dead are:
T. P. CODY, engineer, was a cousin of "Buffalo Bill," mangled beyond recognition.
W. H. BROWN, engineer, badly mangled and body severed at the waist.
WILL HOLT, fireman, was a son of Alderman Holt, of San Antonio, mangled and cut in two.
GEORGE ASKINS, fireman, right side of his face mashed and hips and limbs crushed.
WILL HEARD, brakeman.
Injured:
Brakeman LEWIS, severe bruises about the head.

Shiner Gazette Texas 1896-12-09