Hot Lake, OR Train Wreck, Jun 1946

Hot Lake, OR Sanitarium and Hotel, photo from familyoldphotos.com Hot Lake, OR Sanitarium and Hotel, early 1900s, photo from familyoldphotos.com

Brakeman Killed, 50 Passengers Hurt In Train Collision

HOT LAKE, Ore., June 6 - (U.P.) -- Two Union Pacific passenger trains collided head-on in front of the Hot Lake sanitarium today, killing a brakeman and injuring six passengers.

The "Idahoan", bound for Chicago, rammed the streamliner "City of Portland." The "City of Portland" was waiting on the main line for the "Idahoan" to enter a siding, Union Pacific officials reported.

Fifty persons were "shaken up" and treated by LaGrande physicians on the scene. The Rev. J. WARD, St. Louis, Mo., Catholic priest, was taken to St. Joseph's hospital, LaGrande, for treatment.

Brakeman NED UNGER, Pendleton, Ore., of the "Idahoan," was killed when pinned in the doorway of the cab of one of the "Idahoan's" two engines.

The Daily Register Harrisburg, Illinois 1946-06-06