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Camp Douglas, WI Train Plunges Through Bridge, Sep 1912

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Camp Douglas, Wis., Sept. 2. -- Four persons were killed in the wreck of a passenger train on the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad, which plunged into the Lemonweir River near Camp Douglas to-day, owing to the washing away of a bridge. Twenty-six persons were injured, six seriously.
Every car, including the sleepers with passengers still in their berths, was hurled intro the stream, whose waters, augmented by the cloudburst of last night, had made it a torrent. Panic-stricken occupants of the sleeping cars, clad only in night clothes, struggled through broken windows to escape. The smoking car was carried downstream, but all its occupants escaped.
The dead are Engineer RALPH THOMPSON, Fireman ABRAMSON, a mail clerk whose name is unknown, and the baggageman named LEE.
The train had passed safely over the bridge a short time before, but was flagged at Tunnel, because a washout further on had made the track impassable, and was ordered back to Camp Douglas, so that the passengers might breakfast.
Meanwhile the Lemonweir, flooded by a cloudburst several miles up the valley, had torn away the bridge, and, unwarned, the engineer could not stop his train in time to save it from plunging into the river.
Relief trains bearing doctors and nurses were sent out from several nearby towns.

The New York Times New York 1912-09-03

article | by Dr. Radut