Vail, AZ Train Collision, Jan 1903

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TWENTY-THREE LIVES LOST IN RAILWAY COLLISION.

NUMBER OF VICTIMS IN WRECK NEAR TUCSON.

TWENTY-ONE WERE INJURED.

IMPOSSIBLE TO ASCERTAIN NAMES OF MANY VICTIMS.

RAILROAD OFFICIALS REFUSE TO MAKE ANY STATEMENT, FURTHER THAN THE OPERATOR IS RESPONSIBLE.

Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 29. -- A revised list of the killed and injured in the collision on the Southern Pacific yesterday morning near Vail, places the number of dead at twenty-three, of which six have been identified. The injured number twenty-one.
Dead:
JOHN W. BRUCE, engineer No. 7, Tucson.
R. WILKIE, engineer No. 8, Tucson.
GEORGE McGRATH, fireman No. 7, Tucson.
J. M. HILTON, capitalist, Cambridge, Mass.
JOHN E. CASSIDY, Volunteer, Texas.
O. M. STEWART, Phoenix.
M. P. WILLIARD, residence unknown.
S. S. ELDER, JR., Bisbee, Ariz.
Capt. W. S. OVERTON, Artillery Corps.
Child about 6 years old.
Two unidentified women.
Three unidentified tramps.
Injured:
W. H. BRADFORD, Tucson, head burned.
TOM DONAHUE, Tucson, cut and bruised.
LEWIS GRIGGS, Lancaster, Cal., head and neck cut.
JOHN H. MARKHAM, Saginaw, Mich. seriously cut on hands.
THOMAS J. LOLLIARD, Elkin, N. C., cashier of Elkin National Bank, injured internally; will die.
BEN HATTICK, Tombstone, Ariz.
FRED DONAHUE, Battle Creek, Mich.
BEN MERRYHILL, New Hampshire, seriously injured.
FREDERICK ROMERO, Juarez, Mexico, seriously cut on knees.
MISS IRENE MILLINGTON, Phoenix, Ariz.
GEORGE MICHAELSON, Tucson, ribs crushed and injured internally; will die.
BEN S. SAWYER, mail clerk, Tucson, burned and limbs broken; will die.
W. H. BOHEME, Tucson, injured about the head and shoulders.
ABE SILVERTON, New York City, serious.
L. S. GLIDDEN, Cambridge, Mass., burned about head.
G. S. GILBERT, Fireman No. 8, Tucson.
BEN BRADFORD, May Hill, N.Y.
R. PESQUIR, Hermosillo, Mexico.
G. S. WALKER, Tucson, head crushed.
R. V. THOMPSON, St. Louis.
L. L. BRADFORD, Canyon City, Colo., traveling man.
DR. MAYER, Springfield, Ohio, head cut.
The remains of J. M. HILTON of Cambridge, Mass., have been positively identified. A key tag was found this morning on a body brought from the wreck last night, with the wording "J. L. Martin, passenger agent C.P." The last word is indistinct. Two charred bodies that were not identifeid yesterday are now believed to be those of MR. and MRS. EUGENE P. WILLARD of San Francisco.

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