Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wreck on the CW Branch

From the "Ellensburgh Localizer."

February 11, 1893

While two engines on the Great Northern were bucking snow ran into a large drift, nine miles ease of Coulee City, wish such force as to cause the back engine to rear upon the tank of the front engine. The fireman on the rear engine was pinned fast between the coal and boiler injuring and burning him severely before he could be released from his perilous position. The conductor, Minehan, was so badly frightened that he jumped out of the caboose window, and the last seen of him he was making tracks as fast as he could across the prairie. The engines were running at the rate of 60 miles an hour when the accident occurred.

Note: Why Great Northern engines were on the CW, or the name of the town being in error is not know.

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