Horseshoe Bend, CA Trains Collide, Aug 1905

SIX KILLED AND MANY HURT IN RAIL WRECK.

SIX MEXICAN LABORERS KILLED AT HORSESHOE BEND.

FREIGHT CRASHES INTO THE CABOOSE OF WORK TRAIN.

San Bernardino, Aug. 16. -- Six Mexican track laborers were killed and six or seven fatally injured and a number of others seriously injured as a result of a rear-end collision between a Santa Fe work train and an extra south-bound freight at Horseshoe Bend, twelve miles south of Corona, at 6 o'clock this evening. The work train crew had just finished work for the day and was preparing to run to San Bernardino, when the extra freight crashed into the caboose, where the workmen had congregated, telescoping it and causing a terrible slaughter. Five men were killed instantly and one died later. Other deaths will occur before morning. All of the Mexicans reside in San Bernardino, a number of them having families here.
All work train crews were supposed to protect themselves by flags some distance in the front and rear, but it is not known here whether flags were placed or not. It is impossible at this time to get a statement from the freight crew, but the supposition here is that no flags were placed by the work train crew, and the freight train rushed around the bend ignorant of the presence of the train ahead.
The dead were taken to Santa Ana and turned over to the Coroner. The injured were sent to Los Angeles. Physicians were sent immediately from Orange and San Bernardino, leaving here on the wrecker which was quickly ordered to the scene.
The freight was in charge of Conductor Mills and Engineer McFarland. None of these were injured.
Eight or ten flat cars and the caboose of the work train were piled in a mass, and the line will be blocked for ten or twelve hours.

The San Francisco California 1905-08-17