Hado Station, CA Train Derailment, Aug 1908

TRAIN STRUCK A BROKEN RAIL.

GOLDEN STATE LIMITED ON THE ROCK ISLAND WRECKED.

EIGHTEEN PERSONS INJURED AND ONLY BY MIRACLE DID ANY ESCAPE DEATH -- COACHES TURNED OVER AND DRAGGED ALONG THE TRACK.

Los Angeles, Cal., Aug. 3. -- The Chicago Golden State Limited, the fast trans-continental all-Pullman train of the Rock Island railroad, west bound from Chicago to Los Angeles, struck a broken rail while running at full speed at Hado Station, forty miles east of Benson early today, and the two rear Pullman coaches were ditched, injuring eighteen passengers. It is considered miraculous that none was killed.
J. C. MYERS, a capitalist, of Kansas City, is the most seriously injured. He sustained internal injuries and his condition is critical.
Other injured:
MRS. W. A. REAGAN, Big Springs, Tex.
BASCOM REAGAN, son of MRS. REAGAN.
LOUIS MARTINEZ DECASTRO, Sinaloa, Mexico.
S. S. CALTON, Chicago, Pullman conductor.
HENRIQUE S. AMADA, City of Mexico.
FRED W. FREEMAN, El Paso, Tex.
E. E. LENNON, train conductor, El Paso, Tex.
Practically all of the injured sustained cuts and bruises, some of them severely. All of them were taken to St. Mary's hospital in Tucson.
The accident occurred on a straight stretch of track. The train, consisting of eight coaches, passed safely over the broken rail until the diner struck it. The rear trucks of the diner left the rails and the two coaches turned over on their sides and were dragged for some distance. All the passengers were in their berths at the time and were thrown violently about the cars. Nearly every person in the overturned coaches was injured.

Fort Wayne Journal - Gazette Indiana 1908-08-04

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