Castle Rock, WA Ben Hur Company Train Wreck, Jan 1909

Castle Rock, Washington Ben Hur Train Wreck 1909

BEN HUR TRAIN DERAILED

Engine Hits Freight at Castle Rock, Badly Smashing Boxcar.

CASTLE ROCK. Wash., Jan. 24. (Special.) A special train carrying the Ben Hur company from Portland to Seattle, crashed into freight train No. 65, on the siding here today. One frelghtcar was smashed into klndllngwood and its cargo of flour and feed scattered. A boxcar containing household furniture and live stock, bound to Albany, Or., was turned over and rolled partly down the grade, the horses and cattle being piled up in a heap, but fortunately, the car lodged against a stump and telegraph pole, which held it from going Into the river.

The animals, two horses, two cows, some dogs and a cat, were finally gotten out of the car, with apparently no serious Injuries.

The pilot of the special was smashed and the front wheels of the locomotive left the rails, but after several hours the engine was replaced on the track and the train left for Seattle. No one on the train was hurt.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, OR 25 Jan 1909