Randolph, MO Train Wreck, May 1909


No Fatalities Expected in Randolph, Mo., Wreck

KANSAS CITY, May 15. -- It is believed that none of the twelve persons injured will die as a result of the wreck of the Buffalo-Colorado limited passenger train, west bound, near Kansas City last night. The train, which was Wabash No. 9, one of the first through trains to be used in the combination Union Pacific-Wabash transcontinental service, recently inaugurated, crashed into a steel twin bridge, spanning what is known as the Rush river, a creek one mile north of Randolph. The bridge piers had been undermined by recent high waters and the fact that the train was proceeding at a slow speed was all that prevented a fearful disaster. The engine and the baggage and mail cars crashed into the bridge.

The engine was nearly clear of the trestle when the structure gave way. The engine went down landing on the zank [sic] of the stream. The mail car and the baggage car folded together and hung suspended over the river. The first passenger coach was thrown off the track and stopped, and this alone saved it and the cars following. With the first creaking of the structure, W. P. Carlisle, the engineer, and his fireman, Ira Iles, both of Moberly, Mo., jumped and escaped with severe bruises. In the first passenger coach eight passengers were injured more or less seriously, and the 100 others in the remainder of the train were shaken up.

The express manager and his assistant and the mail clerks, with the exception of W. G. Whitehead of St. Louis climbed from their car and escaped with light hurts. Whitehead was precipitated into the water but soon reached the bank. He was badly though not seriously hurt.

John Utz, a brakeman from Kansas City, was the most seriously injured but it is believed he will recover.

The other injured included:

Frank Fletcher, Indianapolis, passenger, scalp wounds, leg broken.
J. E. Witcher, St. Louis, passenger, bruises and scalp wound.
W. B. Bryant, conductor, Ferguson, Mo., scalp wound.
Richard Litz, deadhead brakeman, scalp, internal injuries.

The injured were brought to Kansas City and placed in the German hospital.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE, 16 May 1909


Randolph, MO Train Wreck 1909


Relief Train Back from the Clay County Wreck.

Heavy Rain Caused the Weaking of a Bridge and the Colorado Limited on the Wabash Went Through - Quick Aid to the Injured.

The Injured:

Richard Utz, Kansas City, brakeman, both legs fractured.

W. G. Whitehead, St. Louis, mail clerk, severely bruised.

B. W. Stanton, Kansas City, Kas., scalp would, bruised right leg.

Irving Fletcher, Indianapolis, wound on right ankle, right shin and left shoulder.

Eugene I. Smith, St. Louis, mail clerk, contusion right shoulder, right middle finger bruised, internal injuries.

G. H. Stratton, Kansas City, possible fracture of the left shoulder, blow on jaw, wound on left wrist.

W. B. Bryant, Ferguson, Mo., conductor, scalp wound, bruised right shoulder.

B. R. Felt, Bellview, O., bruise on right arm.

J. E. Witcher, St. Louis, cut on forehead, bruise on chest, right leg and lower part of back.

J. [?] C. Luedke, Racine, Wis., right side of neck and wrist bruised.

R. Ira Iles, Moberly, Mo., fireman, scalp wound, hip and ankle bruised.

W. P. Carlisle, Moberly, Mo., engineer, left index finger bruised, left ankle sprained, [illegible] neck and tooth knocked out.

[Illegible] P. Estes, Chickasha, Ok., right leg slightly injured.

The Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Mo 15 May 1909