Benson, AZ Train Wreck, Dec 1909

DEATH FROM TRAIN WRECK CONTINUES.

ENGINEER AND FIREMAN KILLED WHEN GOLDEN STATE LIMITED LEAVES RAILS.

OVER FIFTY OTHER PERSONS ARE INJURED.

Tuscon, Ariz., Dec. 19. -- Engineer TOM WALKER and Fireman P. W. BAUER, both of Tuscon were killed, 12 persons were seriously injured and 39 others hurt and bruised when Southern Pacific No. 4, formerly known as the Golden State Limited, was wrecked three miles west of Benson at 4:01 o'clock this morning.
The most seriously injured were brought in a hospital train to St. Mary's Hospital at Tuscon. They are:
WILLARD M. KNIGHT, Los Angeles, mail clerk, may die.
JOHN LAWRENCE, Soldiers' Home, Los Angeles.
W. R. WALKER, mail clerk, Los Angeles.
MRS. L. A. BELLOWS, Boston, Mass.
A. H. FOSTER, mail clerk, Los Angeles.
WILLIAM COLLINS, Oakland.
JAMES A. WILSON, Ontario, Cal.
MRS. JAMES A. WILSON, Ontario, Cal.
Colonel WILLIAM FIFE, Cananes, Mexico.
MRS. HELEN MORTON, Los Angeles.
MISS NELLIE CORBETT.
EDWARD GOODMAN, Los Angeles.
Conductor E. PENN, El Paso, Texas.
At the time of the accident the train was running 30 miles an hour.
Southern Pacific officials ascribe the wreck to striking at too high speed.
The engine, baggage car, mail car and two tourist sleepers toppled from the rails, the engine and the mail car rolling 40 feet down into a culvert. The other cars turned over as they cleared the rails but did not go into the ditch.
Two Pullmans and an observation car remained on the rails, and the momentum carried them 500 feet beyond the wreckage.
Engieer WALKER and Fireman BAUER met instant death in the cab of their engine.
The injured were mostly in the tourist sleepers and the mail car.
Great difficulty was experienced in getting two of the injured mail clerks out of their car, while only prompt work on the part of the train crew prevented fire breaking out in the wreckage.
Engineer WALKER, who was killed today, was in an accident at the same curve three years ago when he was seriously injured.

Nevada State Journal Reno 1909-12-20

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Injured Passengers

The more seriously injured will be brought to St. Mary's Hospital in this city [Tucson]. Among them are Col. William Fife of Cananea, Mexico and Miss Nellie Corbett.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 20 Dec 1909

The injured passengers were brought to St. Mary's hospital at Tucson. Among the injured: Mrs. L. A. Bellows, Boston, Mass; Col. Wm. Fife, Canana, Mex., and Miss Nellie Corbett.

The Macon Daily Telegraph, Macon, GA 20 Dec 1909

Postcard about the Train Wreck

I picked up an old, used postcard at a garage sale. The postcard is a picture of Union Depot, El Paso, Texas.

The post card is post marked Dec. 20, 1909 and is addressed to Miss Ruth Roy at 120 North Oak Ave. Duarte, Cal.

The card reads:
I just missed the wreck by one train. The engine and four cars turned over at Benson, Ariz. We stopped to take on the baggage from the wreak. - Frank