Rich Hill, MO Train Wreck, Sept 1892

Fatal Railroad Accident.

RICH HILL, MO., Sept. 23. - Owing to a defective frog the passenger train on the Joplin Branch of the Missouri Pacific Railway was wrecked last night, two cars being derailed and almost demolished. Frank de Forrest, of St. Louis, an air-brake inspector of the Missouri Pacific, was killed and several others injured.

The Sun, Baltimore, MD 24 Sept 1892

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FRANK DEFOREST WAS KILLED.

A Wreck Near Rich Hill Results in His Death and the Injury of Others.

Special to The Republic

RICH HILL, MO., Sept. 22. - Owing to a defective frog a fearful wreck occurred on the Rich Hill and Joplin branch of the Missouri Pacific Railway about two miles north of here at 3:20 this afternoon. Two coaches of the regular passenger on its way north were thrown from the track, and after being hauled over the ends of ties and adjoining territory for a distance of from 200 to 300 yards were brought up against a freight train on a sidetrack and almost demolished.

Frank Deforest of St. Louis, general inspector of air brakes for the Missouri Pacific system, was killed outright, and several other persons more or less injured, but none seriously. Both passenger coaches and the freights will have to undergo extensive repairs before they are fit for use.

The St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, MO 23 Sept 1892