Florence, CO Train Collision, Sep 1899

AWFUL CATASTROPHE ON RIO GRANDE.

SIX PASSENGERS KILLED AND FIVE INJURED IN A COLLISION.

WRECK OCCURRED AT RENO.

ON THE MAIN LINE AND WAS PROBABLY DUE TO CARELESSNESS.

THE INJURED TAKEN TO PUEBLO.

LOADED FREIGHT RUNS INTO EXCURSION TRAIN -- TWO PULLMAN SLEEPERS TELESCOPED.

Denver, Sept. 23. -- Six passengers were killed and five injured, one perhaps fatally, in a collision on the Denver & Rio Grande railroad at Reno, a siding near Florence, Colo., at 4:08 o'clock this evening. The trains in collision were the Phillips-Judson excursion from Boston, and an east-bound narrow gauge freight.
The killed are:
F. SALTER, manager of the excursion.
EVA M. WALKER, aged 12, of West Ford, Mass.
EUGENIA R. JUDKINS, aged 12, of Spokane, Wash.
ADDIE F. JUDKINS, aged 10, of Spokane.
______ WILLS, a boy, aged 6, of Los Angeles, California.
The injured:
MRS. F. A. WILLS, of Los Angeles; badly hurt.
HARRY WALKER, aged 19, of Westford, Mass.; internal injuries, not serious.
MRS. GRANT BIDDLE, of Cole Camp, Mo.; internal injuries.
MISS ELLA BIDDLE, aged, 21, Cole Camp, Mo.; bruises.
At the headquarters of the Denver & Rio Grande railroad it is said the fast freight had orders to take the sidetrack at Reno, but for some reason not yet understood, it passed the siding.
All the trainmen jumped off and escaped injury.
The engineers turned off the steam and put on brakes, but the trains collided with terrific force. The engines and cars were badly wrecked.
The excursion train consisted of two coaches and three Pullman tourist sleepers, two of which telescoped.
There were about forty passengers on the excursion train. GEORGE J. JUDKINS was distracted with grief over the loss of his three children. He was just returning home to Spokane from the East, where he buried his wife.
Physicians were sent from Florence and Canon City.
The injured were taken to Pueblo.
The freight consisted of fifty cars loaded with lumber and ore. Wreckage is strewn along the tracks for half a mile.

The Morning Times Cripple Creek Colorado 1899-09-24