Freight Train Wrecked, 1908

From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), September 17, 1908, page 1:

Freight Train Wrecked.
Shortly after noon Monday the north-bound freight was wrecked at the Florida bridge, a mile north of town.

Nine cars were off the track, two of which were thrown into the ditch east of the grade, one of which was turned bottom upward, another car, just behind the two in the ditch, was thrown about ten or fifteen feet east of the track and the trucks buried in the dirt. The next car which was loaded with lumber, merchandise and poultry was off the rails. A box car and the way car which came next remained on the track. Just ahead of the two cars in the ditch was a refrigerator car, loaded with apples and peaches, that was left crossways of the track, and a stock car ahead of this one was thrown upon its side on the west banister of the bridge across Florida creek and almost totally demolished. The stock car ahead of this one was on the bridge, but was derailed. Ahead of the car on the bridge was a tank car, the front trucks of which was off the rails. That part of the train that was ahead of the tank car remained on the track.

There was no livestock on the train except the poultry already mentioned.

One of the cars in the ditch contained a merry go round and moving picture outfit while the other was partially loaded with merchandise. The stock car on the bridge banister was empty.

A wrecking train arrived here about seven o’clock Monday evening and, after some preliminary switching, went to the scene of the wreck and began the work of clearing the track. This task was finished early Tuesday morning. Four cars aside from those already off the track were thrown down the embankment by the wrecking crew and the rest were brought here and put on the siding.

Considerable track was torn up but this was replaced by men from the different sections along this branch as soon as the cars were removed from the roadbed, and the road was made ready for trains to pass over as soon as the wrecker cleared the way.

While the wreck is quite expensive to the railroad company, it is indeed fortunate that no lives were lost and that there was no livestock in the wrecked cars.

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