Waukesha, WI Train Wreck, Aug 1913


Fireman Michael Crowley Meets Death at Waukesha

One man was killed and another injured in a headon collision between freight No. 23, west bound, and a switch engine on the Soo line about 1000 yards from the Northwestern railroad crossing near Waukesha, at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday morning.

Michael Crowley, who was firing on the switch engine, was killed and Otto Toll, engineer on the same locomotive, suffered a broken leg and his head was also cut. Crowley was 39 years old, lived at Waukesha, and leaves a large family. Engineer Toll lives at North Fond du Lac.

The freight train was in charge of Conductor Benedict. Engineer Charles Hill and Fireman Oscar Joseph jumped and escaped injury.

The switch engine was pushing one car and pulling several others at the time of the accident. The car ahead of the engine served as a cushion, when the crash came, and although the car was demolished neither the switch engine nor the one attached to the freight left the track. Six cars, which were being pulled by the switch engine, were derailed.

The Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, WI 9 Aug 1913