Happy Hollow, WA Train Collision, Jan 1903
TWELVE MEN KILLED -- TEN OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLLISION.
WRECK AT HAPPY HOLLOW.
BRIDGE GANG TRAIN CRASHES INTO A SNOW PLOW.
CAR CONTAINING FIFTY MEN THROWN FROM THE TRACK AND DEATH FOLLOWS THE ACCIDENT.
Wenatchie, Wash., Jan. 20 -- Nine men are dead and eight or ten injured as a result of a rear-end collision on the Great Northern this morning at a point known as Happy Hollow, just above Chiwaukum.
A train smashed into an engine standing with a rotary snowplow. A car containing fifty men belonging to the bridge crew was thrown from the track.
The dead and injured were all members of the work gang.
Neither of the engineers nor firemen, nor any of the brakemen, were among the injured.
Ten cars are piled up in a heap with nine victims of the wreck still underneath. The names of the dead are not obtainable.
CHAS. DAHL, back and hip injured.
PETER TONOS, cut on back.
ELZA McCASLIN, hip badly injured.
JAMES PIERCE, head and face cut.
WM. DONNELLY, foot and spine injured.
SAM BENSON, hip and spine.
CALVIN MOYER, teeth knocked out.
LEWIS BECKER, arm scalded.
L. E. ADAMS, back injured, face cut.
DANIEL CUNNINGHAM, feet cut, fractured leg.
JOHN GLOVER, right lag badly bruised.
The engineer, L. E. Adams, and fireman Lewis Becker of the Bridge train, escaped only by a miracle.
The box cars that were used for transporting the crew were coupled next to the engine with cars of lumber following, and when the crash came, the lumber telescoped the box cars loaded with their human freight, killing and mangling the entire crew.
Only two escaped and they were thrown bodily into the air, landing 30 feet upon an embankment. The men were in their bunks and asleep when the accident occurred. Those that escaped were almost without any clothing and nearly chilled to death waiting for aid. Dr. G. W. Hoxey, who luckily happened to be making a professional visit at Chiwaukum, was on the scene almost instantly.
Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1903-01-21