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Parker, SD Railway Accident, July 1909



At six o'clock Sunday afternoon just north of Parker two gravel trains came together, resulting in the death of Brakeman BOOTH of this city and the injury of Fireman ACKLEY. One of the gravel trains in charge of Conductor STREETER was at a standstill, in the track at Parker, when the gravel train in charge of Conductor WARNER came down the same track from the north and smashed into the rar of STREETER'S train. Brakeman BOOTH was on the pilot of WARNER'S train, and expecting his train to stop, failed to jump from the train and the result was, that when the two trains came together, he was caught and sustained injuries from which he died at 12:30 p.m. Monday morning. MR. ACKLEY, a fireman, also sustained injuries to his back in jumping from the engine. His condition is not supposed to be serious.
Superintendent MOULTON, immediately upon receipt of a dispatch informing him of the accident, notified the wife of MR. BOOTH and started a special train for PARKER, carrying the wife and son of the desceased brakeman but owing to an unforseen accident the train did not arrive at Parker until after MR. BOOTH'S death.
In the wreck of the engine of the rear train and the caboose and three ballast cars of the train ahead were ditched.

The Dakota Huronite South Dakota 1909-07-22

article | by Dr. Radut