Eden, CO Train Disaster - Over 100 Lives Lost


Pueblo, Colo., Aug. 8. --- Train No. 11, the Missouri Pacific flyer, crashed through a bridge over an arroya, or dry creek, near Eden, on the Denver & Rio Grande railroad, about eight miles from Pueblo, at 8 o'clock last night.

It is estimated that of the 125 passengers on board the ill-fated train between eighty and one hundred lost their lives, either under the water of the raging torrent or beneath the wreckage.

Upon the news reaching Pueblo a special train bearing all the available surgeons and Rio Grande and Missouri Pacific officials left for the scene.

About 11 o'clock a second train, carrying stretchers, coffins and a number of police officers, was sent out from the Union station. The alarm was sent out by Fireman MAYFIELD, who escaped unharmed from the wreck.

About 1:45 o'clock this morning the relief train returned to the city, bringing those who had escaped with their lives, about seventeen in all, the only ones, so far as now known, who did not perish in the disaster.

Dry creek is fifty feet wide and fifteen feet deep, with steep banks, one mile north of Eden. Water was flowing over a trestle when the train struck it. The engine got almost across, but fell back, and baggage car, smoker and chair cars plunged into the torrent.

The engine fell on its right side. The chair car was carried half a mile down Fountain creek. The baggage car and smoker have not been found.