Durango, IA Train Collision, Dec 1889

TERRIBLE RAILWAY CRASH.

TRAINS COLLIDE, INSTANTLY KILLING CONDUCTOR BERRY AND FIREMAN HICKEY.

Dubuque, Iowa, Dec. 8. -- Two freight trains came together head on at Durango, a little station on the Chicago, St. Paul & Kansas City road. Conductor BERRY of St. Paul and Fireman JOHN HICKEY of this city were instantly killed. Conductor BERRY was literally ground to pieces. The carloads of freight in transit were scattered along the tracks. One freight had orders to wait at Durango for the other to pass. Three of the four sections into which the latter was divided went by in safety. The fourth was supposed to be some distance away. The waiting train was standing still beyond a sharp curve. Brakeman Hall, assigned to flag the approaching train, failed in his duty. An awful collision was the result.

Logansport Journal Indiana 1889-12-08