Monticello, WI Train Derailment, Jan 1913

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ENGINEER KILLED IN WRECK LAST EVENING.

JAMES ROONEY OF THIS CITY DIED IN MONTICELLO FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN WRECK.

FIREMAN BADLY HURT.

ARTHUR DOOLEY, FIREMAN ON ENGINE WHICH ROLLED DOWN EMBANKMENT, SUFFERING FROM CONCUSSION OF BRAIN.

The remains of the late JAMES P. ROONEY, an engineer on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad, who died from the effects of injuries received when the engine he was running rolled down a high embankment about a mile and a half west of Monticello last night, were brought to this city this afternoon on the train arriving from the west at 4:40.
The accident in which MR. ROONEY was injured, occurred about 6:30 o'clock last night, and he passed away in Monticello, where he was taken after the accident, about nine o'clock. Fireman ARTHUR DOOLEY, who was working on the engine with MR. ROONEY, was taken to his home at Brodhead by a relief train.
He was still in a dazed condition this morning, and seemed to be injured about the head and back, and later examination shows he is suffering from concussion of the brain. His mother, Mrs. John Dooley, of this city, was summoned to Brodhead today, as it is feared his injuries are more serious than was supposed.
The body of MR. ROONEY was accompanied to this city this afternoon by a brother and a number of the railroad men, friends of the deceased. Members of the local division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers acted as pall-bearers here, and the remains were taken to the home at 326 Palm Street.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been complete but it is thought the services will be held Thursday, and the remains will be taken to Calamine or Mineral Point for burial.
The accident in which MR. ROONEY came to his death was caused by a broken rail on the reverse side of a slow curve west of Monticello, and the engine and two loaded stock cars were thrown down a high embankment. ARTHUR DOOLEY, fireman on the engine, jumped just as the engine left the track, and struck on his head. MR. ROONEY stayed in the engine and his skull was fractured above the right temple when the locomotive rolled down the embankment. The body was thrown from the cab and lay a few feet from the engine.
MR. ROONEY and his fireman, ARTHUR DOOLEY, who resides at Brodhead, had been working on the stock train between Brodhead and New Glarus in place of the regluar crew, who were laying off. Last night, while they were making the return trip to Brodhead, they struck the broken rail near Monticello, and the engine and first two cars rolled down the bank. The curve on which the accident occurred is a dangerous one and warning has been posted to engineers to slow down, but it is stated by railroad men today, the train was not proceeding at a rate of over twenty miles an hour at the time the accident occurred.
When the engine left the track, MR. ROONEY ordered his fireman to jump, but he stayed with the locomotive until it rolled down the embankment and over on its side. It is thought his head struck the cab window when he was thrown out, and caused the fracture which resulted in his death.
The victim of the wreck was about thirty-two years of age, and was one of the most popular young engineers running out of this city. He was born in Calamine, where his mother still lives, but had resided in this city for a number of years, living at 326 Palm Street. He is survived by a wife and three small children, the oldest of whom is four years old, and he also leaves to mourn his loss five brothers and four sisters.

Janesville Daily Gazette Wisconsin 1913-01-07