Keytesville, MO Train Wreck, Sept 1897

The Wabash railway had a wreck at Keytesville, Mo., yesterday, caused by the collision of a passenger and a freight train. Two persons were killed and a number injured. It is thought the accident was due to a slight difference in time of the watches of the two conductors.

Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, IL 17 Sept 1897

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A FATAL WRECK

Two killed by a Head-End Railway Collision in Missouri.

St. Louis, Sept 17.--Wabash passenger train No. 15, which left here at nine o’clock Wednesday night, and a freight train which left Kansas City at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, came together in a head-on collision at a switch at Keytesville, Mo., at 2:45 Thursday morning. WILLIAM GAINES, postal clerk of St. Louis and W. B. SMITH, fireman of the freight, were killed, and William Clark and Paul Street, two tramps, were severely injured. Both engineers and the fireman on the passenger train jumped and escaped unhurt.

Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI 17 Sept 1897