Clayton, KS Train Wreck, Sept 1910
PLUNGE IN WASHOUT
SIXTEEN KILLED IN ROCK ISLAND WRECK IN KANSAS.
FLOOD CARRIES OUT TRACK
DOWNPOUR OF RAIN INDIRECT CAUSE OF DISASTER.
Most of Victims Occupants of Smoker-Members of Topeka Ball Team on Train, But Escape Injury.
CLAYTON, Kas., Sept 23.- Sixteen persons lost their lives and thirteen others suffered injuries in the wreck early this morning, two miles east of the town, of west-bound Rock Island passenger train No. 27, which was due in Denver at 8:25 this morning from Kansas City.
F. PICKENBAUGH, Goodland, Kas., engineer.
A.V. KAUFFMAN, Kansas City, baggageman.
J.W. USHER, Denver, conductor.
WILLIAM MILLS, fireman.
HERMAN MUELLER, Smith Center, Kas.
JOHN SLOOP, Boyle, Kas.
W.E. SHIVELY, Agra, Kas.
GILBERT H. IVANS, Fullerton, Kas.
C.D. BRACKEN, lineman, Goodland, Kas., arm injured.
MRS. H. F. SCOTT, Fennings, Kansas, right arm broken.
VICTOR ENGLE, Birmingham, Ala., bruised and cut; not serious.
MRS. T. H. EVANS, Langlon, Kas., head cut.
JOHN ZIGLER, Stratton, Col., head and face cut.
D. DUGES, no address, side cut.
A.H. AVIS, Blue Rapids, Kas., left leg broken.
MRS. ANNA SMITH, Colorado Springs, Col., head and chest cut.
C.A. SMITH, Colorado Springs, Col., hand and wrist cut.
HENRY AHLERS, Meta, Mo., slightly injured.
HELEN BENSON, Colorado Springs, Col., slight.
E.F. MURPHY, passenger, Goodland, Kas., slight.
F.L. ONLY, mail clerk, Burr Oak, Kas., slight.
Most of the dead and injured were in the smoke and one of the day coaches.
Caused by a Cloudburst.
The wreck was the result of a cloudburst, which carried out a heavy fill over what is normally almost a dry bed, turning the latter into a torrent many yards wide and twenty-two 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 coach, hurled from the berths and chairs by the shock, hurried out into the storm and rendered what aid they could to the injured and in 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 this afternoon, however, that the last bodies were recovered from the wreck.
Members of the Topeka baseball team of the Western league, on their way to Denver were occupants of the Pullman, but escaped injury.