Leary Junction, WA train wreck, May 1901


Two Northern Pacific Trains Come Together in Washington.

Seattle, Wash., May 11. - Two Northern Pacific freight trains, runing [sic] under special orders, collided near Leary Junction on the Palmer cut-off yesterday with the result that William W. Burdick, a Northern Pacific lineman, was instantly killed by flying timbers. One freight telescoped the other, the locomotive of the latter crashing through an office car and two crew sleepers. The wrecked cars caught fire and were consumed. The engineer on the rear train was unable to apply sufficient air to stop his train when he saw the forward freight slow down for the purpose of going on to a siding in order to allow the approaching freight to pass. Burdick was a former resident of Milwaukee, where a brother resides.

The Butte Weekly Miner, Butte, MT 15 May 1901