Arcadia, OR Train Wreck, Jan 1910

Special Rushed to Scene.

A special train was rushed to the scene of the wreck from Ontario, bearing Dr. G. L. Pogue, the railway surgeon, and Dr. R. O. Paine, who administered temporary relief to the injured who were removed to Nyssa, a station about four miles away.

Five physicians were sent from Nampa, including Dr. R. W. Quick, Hosmer, Murray, Ross and Kellogg.  The wreck train was ordered out from Glenns Ferry, and cleared the track.  The uninjured passengers were taken to Weiser on the Vale train.  The dying engineer, scalded fireman and two injured passengers were rushed to Nampa, and thence brought to Boise, arriving here at 1 o'clock this morning. The injured men were taken to a Boise hospital.

Late reports received this morning are to the effect that the freight train had received orders to wait in the siding at Arcadia until the "pony" had passed.  The freight had started to back into the siding and had almost gotten inside, but was not quite in the clear when the passenger engine, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, crashed into the forward freight cars.

Steam Cracks Window.

The two passengers injured were Henry Asmussen of Payette and E. E. Evans of Weiser. Asmussen was sitting in the forward coach of the Pny, and as streeam [sic] of boiling water and steam, which, issued from a puncture in the boiler of the freight engine broke the car window of the seat in which he was sitting, covering him and scalding him severely.  There were 10 other passengers in the forward coach, but none but Asmussen was badly hurt.  Evans was bruised and cut in several places, but will soon recover.  He was taken on to his home in Weiser.

Dr. J. R. Numbers, local railway surgeon, was riding on the Pony at the time of the collision and treated the injured.

Engineer Busteed bore up heroically under his frightful injuries.  He bravely smiled up into the faces of the trainmen, who had to work for 20 minutes to extricate the lower part of his body from the wreckage, although his chest had been crushed in, his arm was broken and he sustained agonizing internal injuries.  The pathetic sight caused many of the rescuers to turn away and break into tears.

Engineer A. H. Chase of the freight suffered serious injuries of both legs.  Fireman J. A. Banker saw the Pony engine coming in time to jump and escaped.  Conductor McNeil was not hurt.

The crew of the freight train claim that the block signals did not work right, and that when they looked up at the semaphore, it indicated a clear track.  The wreck occurred at 8:30 o'clock, at the west end of the switch at Arcadia.  The freight train had received orders to wait on the siding at Arcadia until the Pony had passed.

Freight Train Broke.

The freight train was backed into the siding and waited there for some time.  For some unaccountable reason, the freight train was started up again, and the engine had just emerged from the siding on to the main track, when the passenger crashed into it.  It is said that the freight had broken, and that the engineer was maneuvering back and forth on the siding to pick up the detached cars, and had run his engine on the main track.

Both engines were completely demolished when the crash came.

At 10 minutes after 1 o'clock this morning, just four hours and 40 minutes after the wreck, a caboose, drawn by a light engine, arrived in Boise, bearing the dead and injured.

Henry Asmussen, the passenger, and Engineer A. H. Chase of the freight, who were painfully hurt, were immediately removed by Dr. W. F. Smith to St. Luke's hospital.

 Idaho Statesman, Boise, ID 13 Jan 1910