Raton, NM Streamliner Derails, Apr 1947
EIGHT SERIOUSLY HURT IN DERAILING OF STREAMLINER.
'SUPERCHIEF' OF SANTA FE LINE IS DERAILED NEAR RATON, NEW MEXICO.
TRAIN EASTBOUND FROM LOS ANGELES.
Raton, N.M., April 10. -- (INS) -- Eight persons were in serious condition in a Raton hospital today from injuries suffered in the derailment of the Santa Fe railroad's Superchief streamliner.
Eight others injured in the wreck also were hospitalized.
An unidentified woman taken from an overturned sleeper several hours after other victims had been removed was the most critically hurt.
MRS. ROSITA NETCHER of Chicago and New York, one of the original "Dolly Sisters" of stage and screen, remained unconscious.
Her husband, IRVING, was less seriously injured.
Eleven cars of the 13-car extra-fare streamliner jumped the track last night at Otero, five miles west of Raton. The train was eastbound from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Preliminary investigation indicated the smashup was caused by undergearing dropping from one of the cars.
Six of the cars derailed were sleepers. The railroad said the five others were 'service' cars -- diner, lounges and a baggage car.
The diesel locomotive pulling the streamliner also was derailed. It stopped with its front wheels on a bridge across a gulch.
The third motor of the locomotive caught fire, but the flames did not spread to the sleepers.
Extimates of the speed of the train at the time of the crash varied sharply.
A railroad spokesman said the Superchief was traveling slowly because of a steep grade. Passengers said the speed was about 75 miles an hour.
The accident occurred during the evening dinner hour when many passengers were in the dining car. They were tossed about, some of them onto table tops.
Those in other cars were thrown into the aisles.
Doctors and nurses were rushed to the scene by special train.
Among the 149 passengers were 14 Bob Hope publicity girls returning to their homes throughout the nation from a Hollywood tour in connection with the movie, "My Favorite Brunette."
Rescue crews were dispatched after Mel Heimer of International News Service and Sterling Noel of the New York Journal-American hiked into Raton and reported the wreck. Both were aboard the Superchief.
New Castle News Pennsylvania 1947-04-10