Suisun, CA Freight And Work Trains Collide, Dec 1900

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THOMAS GLYNN of Wisconsin, who has been working for the company about a month, said most of the men who were hurt were seated in the two bunk-cars, which were third and fourth from the end of the train. The very end car was the caboose, while the one next to it was used by the cook, a Chinese.
"I was in the second bunker," said GLYNN. "There were eight or ten others in the car. The first we knew of any trouble was a terrific crash and then all of us were piled on top of one another at the front end of the car. Following this came a lot of splintered wood and other debris. Our car had been partially telescoped. Nobody was killed in our bunker, but in the next one to us several lost their lives. There were a few men, I understand, riding on top of the cars and they escaped by jumping when they saw the freight coming."
GLYNN received a bad injury to his hip.
JAMES DAVIS of Hoff Avenue, this city, was also in the fourth car from the rear. He was sitting down at the time of the crash. All the men were thrown on top of each other in the midst of splintered boards. DAVIS has two children in the old country. His wife is dead. He received a bad scalp wound and severe injuries to his right leg.
B. M. MAHONEY, one of the section men injured in the wreck, died while on the relief train to San Francisco. His body was removed to the Oakland Morgue. His identification was had from a memorandum he had made in a notebook shortly before his death. It read, "My name is B. M. MAHONEY, Kiethville, Ill., Dec. 4, in wreck." The name of ROBERT THOMPSON, Kiethville, Ill., also appeared in the memorandum. The deceased laborer was about 50 years old. He had gone to work for his first day on the railroad when he was caught in the wreck. MAHONEY was badly crushed about the legs; the shock and hemorrhage caused death. Railroad men who visited the Morgue could give no further information about the man.
Some miraculous escapes are reported. B. ROLAND, the foreman of the work train, was in the dining car when he saw the impending danger. He rushed out of the car and jumped to the ground. The steward and the two Chinese cooks were following him, but they were caught before they could escape from the car and received injuries which may prove fatal. Three of the men were lying in a bunk in one of the sleeping cars. The one in the center escaped with a few slight bruises, but his comrades received injuries from which they will probably die.
ED McGOVERN, one of the killed, was in the recent wreck on the Owl train near Antioch. He escaped from that uninjured, only to meet a horrible death in the wreck yesterday morning.
McGOVERN and AHERN were from Stockton. KEROHAN was from Michigan. Nothing is know of HUGHES and BLUMMER, the other two of the five men who were killed outright.
Several men among the wounded will not recover. J. KELLEHER received a fracture of the skull and his left thigh is crushed. The surgeons say there is no chance for him. JOHN DALY is among the most severely injured, being bruised from head to foot. He has a leg and several ribs broken and apparently his spine is injured.

San Francisco Call California 1900-12-05