Hannibal, MO Train Wreck, June 1890


Hannibal, Mo., June 10. -- An error of Train Dispatcher DAVIDSON, of the St. Louis, Keokuk & Northwestern railroad, resulted in bringing a construction train in collision with a freight on a curve twelve miles south of this city yesterday morning about four o'clock. Twelve cars were wrecked.
Fireman ARTHUR THAYER was almost instantly killed. He was found dead between the boiler head of his engine and the tender, having been burned and scalded by escaping steam.
Fireman BERRY NELSON was found wedged between the boiler and cab of his engine with boiling water pouring over him from a hole in the boiler. The special train, which left here as soon as the news of the collision was received, conveyed him to this city, where he died about nine o'clock.

Chillicothe Constitution Missouri 1890-06-11