St. Joseph, AZ Passenger Train Wreck, Aug 1898



Westbound passenger train No. 1 on the Santa Fe Pacific due to arrive in Flagstaff at 9:30 Tuesday morning, was wrecked near St. Joseph, a flag station between Winslow and Holbrook at 6:10 a.m. of that day. One passenger, ROY GOODING, the young son of the S.F.P. agent at Kingman, was killed and thirty-four people were more or less seriously injured.
The cause of the wreck was a broken rail. The engine, baggage and mail cars passed safely over, but two Pullmans, one chair car and a smoking car left the track and tumbled down the embankment of the Little Colorado River and into the stream. The chair coach and the smoking car turned over two and three times.
Dr. Brennan, surgeon for the S.F.P. road, was immediately called by wire to the scene of the accident and left on the eastern bound passenger at 10:40 Tuesday morning. He returned to Flagstaff Tuesday night and reported the remarkable fact that out of the thirty-four who were injured not one had a bone broken. There were several dislocations and painful bruises, but none of the injuries would resut fatally.
ROY GOODING, who was killed, was found in the water under the car. At the time the car left the track he had his head out of the window.

Coconino Sun Flagstaff Arizona 1898-08-06