Holt, MO Train Wreck, Sept 1910


Rock Island and Burlington Trains Clash at Holt, Mo.


Steel Cars Prevented Possible Heavier Loss of Life.

Holt, Mo., Sept. 16. - One man was killed and 18 persons injured when two passenger trains met in a head-on collision on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy ne mile north at 6:30 o'clock tonight.

The trains which collided were the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 6, which left Kansas City at 5 o'clock, and the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific No. 201, which left Chicago at 11:30 oclock [sic] last night, the latter train headed in on the C. B. & Q. tracks at Cameron Junction on its way to Kansas City. A misunderstanding of orders by the C. B. & Q. crew is said to have been responsible for the wreck. The trains were to have passed at this station.

The dead:

M. L. HOWARD, Brookfield, Mo., brakeman on No. 6.

The injured:

Mrs. A. L. Richard, Lathrop, Mo., slight.
Joe Michiket, Brookfield, Mo., conductor No. 6, left shoulder dislocated.
William Garrett, Brookfield, Mo., engineer No. 6, right leg broken.
John Minger, Hamilton, Mo., head and legs hurt.
Richard Hunt, Cameron, Mo., back and right side bruised.
Edward Stephens, Brookfield, Mo., head cut and back hurt.
E. E. I. Scott, Lathrop, Mo., head and hands injured.
Charles Bennett, Kingston, Mo., slight.
Joe Day, Brookfield, Mo., bruised and cut.
L. M. Marshall, Brookfield, Mo., slight.
S. E. Langhorty, Joliet, Mont., head cut, right side injured.
O. W. Myers, Deloit, Iowa, right rib broken.
Thomas McKinistrey, Brookfield, Mo., fireman No. 6, slight.
T. P. Allen, Brookfield, Mo., ankle sprained.
Charles [illegible], Brookfield, Mo., slight.
W. H. Hinghausen, Cameron, Mo., hip and shoulder hurt.
Charles Tulman, Lathrop, Mo., slight.
C. L. Singleton, Lathrop, Mo., slight.

The weight of the engine of train No. 201 and the fact that it carried steel cars prevented any one on it being injured. None of the injured will die. All those who were hurt with the exception of members of the crew were in a smoking car on the C., B. & Q. train. This car was derailed and rolled down an embankment. All the remainder of the equipment of both trains remained on the track. The trains were not moving more than twenty miles an hour. After the C., B. & Q. train had passed here, Luther E. Wilhert, the agent, realized a wreck might take place. He called farmers along the line by telephone and pleaded with them to stop the train, but it was too late. Howard, who was killed, was thrown through a window of the smoker and crushed beneath the car. Relief trains were sent from Kansas City and Lathrop.

The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK 17 Sept. 1910



One Killed and Twenty Hurt When Burlington and Rock Island Trains Crash.

By National News Association.

HOLT, Mo., Sept. 17. - A rigid investigation was begun into the cause of the head on collision at 6:20 yesterday evening when Burlington local No. 6, going to Brookfield crashed into westbround Rock Island Flyer No. 201, instantly killing Ernest L. Howard, brakeman of the local, and injuring twenty-two others. Most of the injured were riding in the smoker of the local train.

The wreck occurred at a sharp curve and on a trestle forty feet high. The Burlington train, being the lighter, was driven backward by the force of the impact, off the trestle onto a high embankment where the smoking car rolled over and over to the bottom.

Misunderstanding of orders on the part of the Burlington crew is believed to be the cause of the wreck.

The trains were to have passed here. L. E. Wilholt, the local operator, gave clearance orders to Joseph Milchek, the Burlington conductor. The orders were to go into effect after the Rock Island train arrived.

The Burlington train pulled out, as Wilholt supposed, to go on the siding. When he saw the train pass the switch and start down the track to meet, as he realized, the oncoming Rock Island train, he cried out in terror. He rushed to a telephone to try to reach farmers along the way, to ask them to flag No. 6, the Burlington local. He was too late.

Then he rushed to a handcar and with six other men started after the train. Before they were well started the handcar party heard the crash.

The Fort Worth Star - Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 17 Sept 1910