Glen Rock, WY Train Wreck, Sept 1923
LOSES OWN LIFE IN RACE TO BED OF HIS DYING BOY.
By The Associated Press.
DENVER, Colo., Sept. 28. - RUSSELL T. GIERHART, who had died from injuries in the Burlington wreck near Casper, Wyo., Thursday night, was racing with death when he lost his life. Gierhart was trying to reach the bedside of his little 5-year-old son, Fred Bernard Gierhart, dangerously of scarlet fever here.
The lad's condition took a turn for the worse Thursday and Mrs. Gierhart telegraphed for her husband to come home. He left Casper for Denver last night. The local office of the Burlington Railroad confirmed his death Friday. The boy's condition is grave.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas 29 Sept 1923
HEROISM SEEN AMID DANGERS OF WRECKAGE
CASPER, Wyo., Sept. 28. - Three persons Friday emerged as heroic figures of Thursday night's wreck on the Burlington, fifteen miles west of here, in connection with the rescue passengers from Pullman car No. 30, which was up-ended in the flood waters and toppled into the stream. These men are L. D. Coburn, Pullman conductor; M. A. Robinson, Salida, Colo., and D. L. Littleton, porter.
Three times Coburn and Robinson flirted with death as the car balanced on the brink of the slippery bank. A rope made of bell cord was used to guide them to the rescue of men imprisoned on their births. As a result of their efforts, many lived to tell the story of the heroic rescues.
Men Stare Death in Face.
In the half submerged Pullman Conductor L. D. Coburn and W. A. Robinson clung to the bell cord to reach people who were brought out in safety. Death stared the men in the face as they descended into the car three times. The Pullman late toppled into the stream and was completely submerged.
With flashes of lightning through downpouring rain to relieve the darkness and the headlight of a locomotive shedding a glare on the flood, a rope was strung from the end of a partially submerged day coach to the bank and over it passengers who had not been drowned, moved hand over hand to reach safety on the bank.
"Hell I'll Never Forget"
"Piled up cars, wretched people and the lightning flashing through the rain made a hell I will never forget," declared Dan H. McQuade of Denver, who telephoned first news of the disaster from the Chicago and Northwestern station in the big muddy oil field. "I have been in three bad wrecks, but this is the worst of all," he added.
At the same time that McQuade was telephoning the news to the Mayor of Glenrock, Henry Wyatt, pioneer resident of Casper, reached a telephone on the highway a mile distant and informed the Casper office of the Burlington of the disaster.