Fort Crook, NE Train Collision, Oct 1911
GOVERNOR LEADS WORK OF RESCUE.
GILCHRIST OF FLORIDA HERO OF TRAIN WRECK.
PASSENGER COLLIDES WITH FREIGHT AND SEVEN ARE KILLED IN CRASH AT FORT CROOK, NEBRASKA.
Omaha, Neb., Oct. 16. -- Gov. ALBERT W. GILCHRIST of Florida yesterday led rescuers in their work of recovering the dead and aiding the injured after the train on which he was a passenger was wrecked at Fort Crook.
The train -- northbound passenger No. 405 on the Missouri Pacific -- collided with a fast freight. Seven persons were killed and twenty-eight injured, four of them seriously. It was caused by a misunderstanding of orders.
Governor At Work Early.
The governor was up and dressed when the collision came and was one of the first to reach the rear car in which the fatalities occurred. For an hour he worked with the train men and the hospital corps from Fort Crook. He assisted in rescuing several injured from the wreckage, and afterwards assisted in making comfortable those who were brought from the pile of broken cars.
Gov. GILCHRIST was injured, but refused aid until all the victims were taken from the debris. Afterwards he submitted to an examination and it was found that his injuries were only minor bruises. He accepted the hospitality of the general in command at Fort Crook, and was driven to that officer's quarters, later coming into Omaha. Gov. GILCHRIST was en route to Omaha to attend the American prison congress.
Names Of The Dead.
Following are the names of the dead:
O. W. KEELER, passenger brakeman, Atchison, Kas.
MISS FRANCES LILLIAN KRONKA, Washington, D. C.
F. W. PETRING, merchant, Nebraska City.
MRS. FRED W. ROWTTMANN, Nebraska City.
WISTERIAN ROWTTMANN, 8 years old.
A. W. SPRAGUE, electrician, St. Joseph, Mo.
Unknown colored woman.
The seriously injured are:
W. G. RICHARDS, Maynard, Neb.; internal injuries, leg broken.
FRED W. ROWTTMANN, banker, Nebraska City, wife among the killed; scalp wound, leg crushed, back hurt.
JOHN SCOTT, passenger engineer; internal injuries, lacerated head and face.
Relief Train Sent Out.
A passenger train was converted into a relief train and sent to the scene. Shortly before noon the relief train returned with the uninjured and several of those who were slightly injured. The seriously injured are being cared for at the army hospital at Fort Crook.
While engaged in the rescue of the wounded, Conductor TRAVERS came upon an infant a few months old. The baby seemed dead and the conductor placed it in the care of DR. COLLIVER, who was working in the coach. DR. COLLIVER, ina cursory examination, passed his hand over the body of the child, when with a smile the infant awoke and began to coo. The baby is said to be of the ROWTTMANN family. It was given in charge of a nurse at the hospital.
Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Iowa 1911-10-16