Saturday, December 26, 2015

On this Date in Minnesota History: December 26

December 26, 1911 – Passenger trains numbers 514 (east bound) and 503 (west bound) collided head-on in front of the station at Springfield, Minn., this afternoon according to information received by Superintendent J. J. Nash of the Minnesota Division of the North-Western Road this evening. Only three trainmen were slightly injured, while the engines were somewhat damaged and the passengers badly shaken up and frightened.

According to the superintendent, the accident was caused by the failure of the west-bound train’s engineer to take a siding at Springfield where the two trains were scheduled to pass. Frantic efforts on the part of the enginemen brought the engines almost to a stop before the collision. 

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Collision at Springfield. Quick Work of Engineers Saves Lives of Passengers.”; Dec. 27, 1911; p. 1.


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