Hallettsville, TX Train Breaks Through Bridge, Jan 1890
HEADLONG INTO A RIVER
A Train on the Aransas Pass Road Makes a Plunge.
WATERY GRAVE FOR THE DEAD
The Wide Span of a Bridge Gives Way an Calls for Several Lives in a Disastrous Train Wreck.
HALLETTSVILLE, Tex., Jan. 3. -- A most disastrous wreck occurred one-half a mile west of this station at 8 o'clock last night.
As the local west-bound freight No. 12, in charge of Conductor Ferrier, pulled out across the Lavaca river trestle bridge at this point the bridge, which had been undermined by the heavy rise of the evening, gave way, precipitating the entire train of twenty-two cars, engine and caboose into the swollen stream some twenty-five feet below.
At prefent [sic]it is impossible to obtain full particulars.
The following is a list of the casualties as correctly as can be ascertained at present: Conductor Ferrier, rear brakeman James Lynch, a barkeeper of Yoakum, Tex., a young boy of 17 years old from Chicago [who] was stealing a ride in a box car, are missing.
Ed Palmer was rescued with a very severe cut extending from his left eye to the back of his head.
B. B. Todd, fireman, was rescued with arm and jaw broken.
George R. Burke was rescued, seven miles below town where he had drifted and lodged in the top of a tree; his left was crushed entirely off below the knee. It has since been amputated two inches below the knee.
A stock man and two negroes, names unlearned, were rescued at 10 o'clock a.m., after having remained in a tree top in midstream a mile below the disaster all night.
The entire train of merchandise is a total loss.
The caboose was found two miles below town. It will be impossible to get any particulars in regard to the fate of the missing men until the river has run down.
WALLIS, TEX., Jan. 3. -- The latest from the Halletsville [sic] wreck states that positive information states that positive information [sic] has been received there that Conductor Ferrier of the wrecked train has turned up all right without receiving any injuries.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 4 Jan 1890
Photo (above) from the Portal to Texas History.