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Flagstaff, AZ Train Collision, Feb 1899



About 1 o'clock Monday morning five miles east of here, a collision occurred between a light engine going east and a double-header freight train west-bound.
Light engine, No. 74, in charge of F. M. LEAVITT, engineer, and W. T. FISHER, fireman, and they were only slightly injured.
The engineer of No. 136, ED D. SOWERS, had his ankle broken and back bruised. R. E. CURLESS, fireman, was badly shaken up.
H. W. FULLER, of engine No. 712, had his back burned and legs badly bruised. GEO. D. GILES, the fireman, had his head and left hip badly bruised. FRANK H. PIKE, brakeman, had his right knee and hand badly bruised.
The injured men were taken to Albuquerque hospital on No. 2 and were accompanied by Dr. Brannen, the company physician.
All the men were hurt by jumping from their engines. Engineer SOWERS jumped out of the cab window, and all would have been killed had they remained at their posts.
The collision was a terriffic one, as both trains were going at a high speed.
All the engines were badly broken. The tender of No. 136 was turned upside down on the engine. A "shoo-fly" was built around the wreck and trains were delayed but a few hours.
The cause of the accident was Engineer LEAVITZ overlooking his order to meet the double-header here. He has railroaded for thirty years and has never before had an accident.

Coconino Sun Flagstaff Arizona 1899-02-04

article | by Dr. Radut