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Florence, CO Train Collision, Sep 1890


Denver, Colo., Sept. 8. -- Four miles east of Florence at 5 a.m. Saturday the worst railway accident that has shocked the people of this city for years left five corpses in its ruins and wounded thirty-seven other persons, two of whom will probably die. The cause of the accident was that the rear section of a freight train ran into the front section, telescoping a crowded passenger coach attached to the end of the first section. The locality was a sharp curve, so that the engineer of the rear section did not see the doomed car until it was too late to stop.

Effect of the Collision.
When the locomotive struck the passenger car the latter was instantly reduced to kindling wood.
How a soul among the passengers escaped is a wonder. The impact was so furious that twelve loaded freight cars ahead of the passenger car were wrecked. There were forty-seven persons in the car, and but five escaped unhurt.
The killed were:
H. L. WINTERS, Idaho Springs, Colo.
A. M. MAYER, Pueblo.
C. B. WILLIAMS, Leadville.
Those most severely hurt are as follows:
JAMES FAUST, fractured thigh.
J. PERENTI, both hips fractured.
ED BROWN, hips dislocated.
JOHN WELSH, head badly cut.
E. L. FASH, severe internal injuries.
JOHN PALMER, both legs broken and internal injuries.
EARNEST SCOTT, internal injuries and head hurt.
UBALDO MASCHUTT, scalp wound and shoulder hurt.
JOHN DELDUCA, left hip broken and thigh dislocated.
MICHAEL BURKE, spine hurt.
DAVID ASHBERY, internal hemorrhage.
The wreck cost the company -- the Rio Grande railway -- $100,000.

Evening Gazette Sterling Illinois 1890-09-08

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