Camden, WA Train Wreck, Jul 1906



Others May Have Perished in Submerged Coaches---Jumps High Embankment Upon Emerging From Tunnel---Large List of Injured

CAMDEN, Wash., July 24.----Great Northern westbound train No.3 jumped the track two miles east of Camden, near tunnel No.11, at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and as it emerged from the tunnel pitched headlong down the 40 foot embankment into upper Twin lake, causing the death of Engineer Harry Munson and F. Bell, both of Spokane; one baggage man, two mail clerks and five or more massengers[sic] in the smoker.

The body of G. H. Curtis, a prominent lumberman of Spokane, and a man said to be a prominent real estate dealer, also of Spokane, were removed from the wreck, and the remains together with the injured, numbering 22 more, taken to Spokane on relief trains, leaving here at 8:30 o'clock.

The engine plunged into the water 100 feet deep and no part of it could be seen after it sank. The mail and baggage cars, while entirely submerged, can be plainly seen beneath the surface and can be recovered. The smoker lies half submerged in the water of the lake and contains the bodies of two men and possibly more, who lost their lives by the explosion of a gas tank in the forward end of the car as it pitched over the embankment. The bodies recovered were burned almost beyond recognition.

In addition to these three lives lost outright, there were six or eight severely injured, one of whom will not survive.

The day coach left the track and toppled over, but the occupants received no serious injury. The balance of the train has been placed on the rails and taken back to the next station east.

The cause of the wreck was assigned to a spreading rail. The passengers, train crew and local inhabitants worked heroically to rescue the bodies of the unfortunate passengers in the smoker, but darkness overtook them before the work had been accomplished.

Special trains bringing doctors from nearby points were prompt in arriving on the scene of the disaster. Every attention was given to the injured passengers.

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