Mullen, NE Two Freight Trains Collide, Aug 1890

A MISPLACED SWITCH.

CAUSED A COLLISION ON A NEBRASKA RAILROAD -- SEVERAL PERSONS KILLED.

Mullen, Neb., August 26. -- Owing to a misplaced switch, two freight trains on the Burlington and Missouri River Road collided at this point yesterday morning, killing three persons are seriously injuring six others. The killed are MYRTLE WALLGUS, daughter of a farmer living three miles southeast of here; JOHN WYMORE, station foreman at this place, and an Unknown Tramp.
The west-bound train was run in on a side-track to allow the east-bound train to pass. The switchman, however, was unable to close the switch, and attempted to stop the other train, but waited too long before doing so and the two trains came together. A box car in one of the trains in which thirteen men were stealing a ride was crushed into small pieces, but only one of the men was killed, the others escaping unhurt. Six of the trainmen were badly hurt, but none of them will probably die.

Atlanta Constitution Georgia 1890-08-27

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