De Soto, MO Cow Causes Train Wreck, Feb 1898

Crushed Under An Engine.

Engineer and Fireman Taken Out Dead.

Awful Railway Disaster on the Iron Mountain Road Today.

Three Men Drowned by the Overturning of a Boat-The Spanish Officers are Polite.

Special to the Evening News.
Desoto, Mo., February 5.-The Texas fast Pacific mail train on the Iron Mountain road struck a cow near here today and was wrecked.

The engineer and fireman were both pinned under the engine, and were taken out dead.

The coaches including a sleeper were thrown over an embankment. Several persons were badly hurt and several may die.

The Evening News, San Jose, CA 5 Feb 1898

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Wreck In Missouri.

Engineer and Fireman Killed-Train Ditched by a Cow.

St. Louis, Feb. 5.-A cow derailed the north bound Texas special on the Iron Mountain road 36 miles south of St. Louis early to-day, resulting in the death of the engineer and fireman, and the injury of several passengers: The killed:
W.J. FRANEY, engineer.
PHILIP CHILDS, fireman.

A special train brought the dead and injured passengers and train crew to St. Louis. None of the passengers are dangerously hurt, but the number who sustained injuries was greater than was shown by the early report received at the company’s office:

The Injured: F.J. Moore, George Dent, S.F. Ryan and L.W. Hickman, mail clerks of St. Louis, variously hurt; Rev. M.C.M. Mason, Cincinnati, hand cut and sprained; Miss Emily Thomas of Desoto, Mo., suffering from nervous shock.

Butte Weekly Miner, Butte, ID 10 Feb 1898