Springer, NM Flier And Mail Trains Collide, Sep 1956

Birth, Marriage & Death Records

ACCIDENT DEAD, HURT ARE LISTED
Chicago (AP) -- Santa Fe headquarters in Chicago Wednesday listed 20 persons killed and 35 persons injured in the Santa Fe Chief wreck at Springer, N. M.
The dead:
L. J. RUSH of Raton, N. M., engineer of the mail train involved.
E. O. FOSTER of Raton, engineer of the Chief.
W. H. ADAMS of Raton, fireman on the Chief.
LAWRENCE McCORMICK of Raton, brakeman, "deadheading" on the Chief.
W. L. SCHRIEVER of Las Vegas, conductor on the Chief.
ANDREW NIELSEN, Chicago, chef.
KONSTANLY OLEJNIK, Chicago, 3rd cook.
EARL BUTLER, Los Angeles, news agent.
JOHN W. HAYES, Chicago, chef.
ORVILLE EWING, Chicago, 2nd cook.
MARCUS W. PERKINS, Chicago, pantryman.
MORRIS STOKES, Chicago, waiter.
FRANK HITES, Chicago, waiter.
GEORGE ATERBERRY, Chicago, waiter.
ANTHONY E. HOLSBY, Chicago, lounge car attendant.
LAWRENCE DAVIS, Chicago, barman.
JOHN H. LEE, Chicago, 2nd cook.
JOHN E. GREEN, Chicago, pantryman.
ROBERT P. O'KELLY, Chicago, waiter.
ALBERT HAYES, Chicago, waiter.
The Injured:
JIM WOLTER, Rockford, Ill., cook, condition listed as "critical."
WILLIAM P. WRIGHT, Chicago, waiter, condition, "serious."
CHARLES KINCAID, Albuquerque, brakeman, condition, "serious."
(WOLTER, WRIGHT and KINCAID held in Colfax General Hospital for further treatment.)
Listed with minor injuries but still held at the Colfax hospital for treatment was NORMAN ROSEN, passenger from New York.
Other passengers listed with minor injuries but released from the hospital to continue to the West Coast were:
THERESA K. ROSEN, wife of NORMAN.
MRS. JESSIE SCHWEIZER, Maplewood, Mo.
MRS. HATTIE MECKFESSEL, also of Maplewood, Mo.
THOMAS B. JENNINGS, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Those listed as claiming minor injuries but receiving no treatment are:
LEO KOPEL, Montreal, Canada.
MRS. DORENE KOPEL, same.
MRS. ANNA FOLLETTE, Troy, N. Y.
ROGER LOVE, Chicago.
MRS. BETTY HILTON, Los Angeles.
MRS. LENA MARRONE, formerly of Quincy, Mass., who is moving to South Whittier, Calif.
MISS FRANCES GUZIK, Berkley, Mich.
MRS. J. R. TYLER, Monrovia, Calif.
NORMA DOUGLAS, Selma, Calif.
LILLIAN M. GAINEY, Lynn, Mass.
ALBERT PHINAZEE, Waynesboro, Ga.
MRS. W. H. RIGHTER, Glendale, Calif.
ALFRED J. CLARKE, London, Ontario, Canada.
MRS. LAVIN KYLE CLARKE, same.
JOHN C. HERSHEY, Oildale, Calif.
REV. E. J. HOGAN, Los Angeles.
H. D. HAMILTON, Traverse City, Mich.
MRS. H. D. HAMILTON, same.
MARJORIE BOYD, Peoria, Ill.
TED TELIRICK, Ponca City, Okla.
MRS. TED TELIRICK, same.
J. W. TOBIN, Ponca City, Okla.
SAM DEVRIE, Elmhurst, Ill.
JANE WILKINSON, Millington, Mich.
EVE L. GARY, Beverly Hills, Calif.
JACK LONDON, same.

Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1956-09-06

Comments

I am so glad for this info.

I am so glad for this info. My father worked for the Sante Fe Railroad in the 1950's. He was a cook or perhaps a chef. I remember vividly waking up and see my father reading the newspaper and crying. I asked him what was wrong and he was crying. I was 9 at the time so he showed me the paper. We lived in Chicago .
My father was also upset because he was suppose to be on that run. He lost many friends that day.
Now I am wondering if anyone knows how to get employee records from Santa Fe to check his actual employment dates.

Thanks again.

1956 Springer Train Wreck

I was glad to find this informaiton. My grandfather helped clean up this terrible accident. He lived in Raton, and lost

several friends. I have the original Raton Range paper article about this incident.

Sante Fe Railroad Train Accident

Did you ever contact the railroad for further records?
Thank you for writing when convenient.

I was a child passenger on

I was a child passenger on that train and I still remember it - interesting to be able to Google more information than I have had. I would like to visit Springer to thank people who were wonderful to us that day - and who gave us telephones to call our relatives in Los Angeles.
elizabeth keefe, middlebury Vermont

My Father was Killed

My father was killed in this accident. I was 16 months old. If you have any information I would appreciate it. I can be reached at tmalstln@aol.com

1956 Santa Fe Train Wreck

my uncle was one of the waiters on that train. He was a medical student , working a summer job to pay for school. do you have the original article about the wreck/