Genoa, WI Train Crashes Into Boulder, Nov 1913

ROCK WRECKS TRAIN ENGINEER WILL DIE.

BOULDER WEIGHING A HUNDRED TONS, DISLODGED BY RAIN, CAUSES FATAL ACCIDENT AT GENOA, WIS.

SEVERAL OTHERS INJURED.

NONE WILL DIE, HOWEVER, EXCEPT POSSIBLY SUPERINTENDENT OF THE WRECKING CREW, WHO FALLS FROM BRIDGE WHILE DIRECTING WORK OF REMOVING DEBRIS -- TRAIN FASTER THAN ONE KNOWN AS THE ORIENTAL, WHICH RUNS TO COAST.

La Crosse, Wis., Nov. 3. -- (Special to the Northwestern) -- Passenger train No. 58 on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, which left here at 11 o'clock last night, was wrecked near Genoa, Wis., at 12:12 this morning, when the locomotive struck a boulder, the size of a box car, and weighing at least 100 tons, which had been dislodged by recent rains and rolled down the bluff onto the track.
Engineer JAMES M. PRATT, La Crosse, was possibly fatally injured. His jaw was broken and the side of his face crushed in. Four Italian track laborers and one negro porter were also injured, not fatally, and are being cared for at Genoa by physicians, who went down on the wrecking train.
First reports of the accident received here were that the wrecked train was the Oriental train, the coast train which runs a little behind No. 58. The coast train, however, was not harmed and met no handicap, other than several hours delay. No. 58 is also a first class train, and a faster train than the Oriental limited.
While engaged in directing the clearing up the wreck, THOMAS HUNTLEY, superintendent of the wrecking crew, fell off a bridge and sustained broken ribs and internal injuries. He was brought to a hospital in La Crosse, critically injured.
Later advices from the hospital are Engineer PRATT will probably die.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Wisconsin 1913-11-03