Boonville IN Train Crash, Sep 1888
A TRAIN WRECKED.
CRASH ON THE MISSOURI PACIFIC WHICH ENDANGERED MANY LIVES.
A train on the Boonville and Tipton branch of the Missouri Pacific was wrecked. It was a mixed train, composed of seven box cars and two passenger coaches. The coaches were filled with passengers, most of whom were women and children returning from the Tipton fair. There was no telegraphic communication with the wreck, and much anxiety was felt by friends of those on the train till a late hour, when it was learned that the passengers were uninjured.
The wreck occurred as the train, at a rate of fifty miles an hour, was rounding a short curve near Joe Town, eight miles south of Boonville, and was caused by the outside rail turning. This threw the first box car across the track and the others came crashing into it. The second and third cars were thrown twenty feet from the track. These two cars, one loaded with lumber and the other with staves, struck a gang of section men returning from their work, killing two of them instantly and wounding two others.
A man named FRANK McGONAGLE, who was stealing a ride in the lumber car, was crushed to death. The passenger cars did not leave the track, and outside of a little shaking up all of the passengers escaped without injury.
The list of killed and wounded is as follows:
CHARLES HALL, killed;
FRANK McKINNEY, killed;
FRANK McGONAGLE, killed;
JOHN SWADLEY, arm, shoulder, and collar bone broken, cut about the head and shoulders.
Washington Progress North Carolina 1888-09-18