Clayton, KS Train Plunges Into Washout, Sept 1910

Terrible Wreck In Kansas

The injured:
G. D. BRACKEN, lineman, Goodland, Kas., arm injured.
MRS. H. F. SCOTT, Bennings, Kas., right arm broken.
VICTOR ENGLE, Birmingham, Ala., bruised and cut, not serious.
MRS. T. H. EVANS, Langton, Kas., head cut.
JOHN ZEIGLER, Straton, Colo., head and face cut.
D. DUGES, no address, side cut.
A. H. AVIS, Blue Rapids, Kas., left leg broken.
MRS. ANNA SMITH, Colorado Springs, Colo., hand and chest cut.
C. A. SMITH, Colorado Springs, Colo., hand and wrist cut.
HENRY AHLERS, Meta, Mo., slightly hurt.
HELEN BENSON, Colorado Springs, slight.
Most of the dead and injured were in the smoker and one of the day coaches.

Wreck Result Of Cloudburst.
The wreck was the result of a cloudburst, which carried out a steel bridge over what is normally almost a dry bed, turning the latter into a torrent, many yards wide and twenty feet deep, and washing out nearly a thousand feet of track in the vicinity of the wreck. The train, running at full speed, plunged into the gap, the engine and mail car going down into twenty feet of water and the chair car almost telescoped the smoker ahead of it, many of the passengers in these two cars being almost instantly killed. Others were carried into the raging stream with the wreckage and it was many hours before their bodies could be recovered.

Passengers in the Pullman and other day coaches hurled from their berths and chairs by the shock, hurried out into the storm and rendered what aid they could to the injured and extricating the mangled bodies of the dead.

Others hurried to Clayton, where news of the accident was wired to division headquarters and within half an hour physicians and nurses and a wreck train were being hurried to the scene from Norton, Colby, Goodland and Phillipsburg.

It was not until late yesterday afternoon, however, that the last body was recovered from the wreck. Members of the Topeka base ball team of the Western league on their way to Denver were occupants of the Pullman, but escaped injury.

Waterloo Evening Courier Iowa 1910-09-24