Brant, MO Train Collision, June 1913
M. P. TRAINS IN COLLISION.
FOUR PERSONS KILLED AND EIGHTEEN BADLY INJURED.
STEEL CARS PREVENT BIG FIRE -- MISUNDERSTANDING OF ORDERS SAID TO BE CAUSE.
St. Louis, May 29. -- Four persons were killed and 18 passengers and two train crew members are known to have been injured when two St. Louis-Kansas City passenger trains of the Missouri Pacific collided head-on near Brant, Mo., 20 miles west of Jefferson City. An additional list of passengers and train crew members who were injured is expected to be received at the local office of the Missouri Pacific when more complete details are obtained.
Two of the dead were identified as the engineers of the colliding trains, AL FORD and McDONALD, both of St. Louis. One of the other two is P. S. LOWE, mail clerk on No. 12, whose address is given as St. Louis. The fourth was FRANK NEIL, train porter.
C. CRISTINE, fireman of train No. 12, was east bound and T. B. BARNICLE, fireman of train No. 11
west bound, were among the members of the two crews injured.
Immediately after the accident, Missouri Pacific officials in St. Louis ordered an investigation to ascertain why train No. 11 did not stop at McGirk, the first station east of Brant, as it was under orders to do. The fact No. 11 did not stop indicates to railroad officials that the two trains, both of which are fast passenger trains, were going at full speed when the collision occurred.
A report that the two trains caught fire after the collision and were burned was denied at the general offices of the road here. It was declared that the steel passenger cars saved the train from burning.
Rock Valley Bee Iowa 1913-06-06