Sunday, January 17, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 17

January 17, 1910 – An extra freight train, in the charge of Conductor C. P. Upton of Minneapolis, was wrecked near Afton late this afternoon while en route for Hastings.

The caboose and five cars loaded with coal on the rear end of the train were derailed. The accident was caused by a flange of the fifth car breaking and tearing up the frog.

The caboose turned over twice and the occupants, Conductor Upton, John Black, brakeman, and Pat Staffen, proprietor of the Phoenix Hotel, Hastings, were injured.

Upton received a sprained back, and severe bruises and Black and Staffen were rendered senseless for a time. The former also sustained a scalp wound, and Staffen’s injuries are of a serious nature. Dr. L. D. Peck, surgeon of the Milwaukee Road was summoned and left on a special for Afton this evening.

Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Train Wrecked Near Afton. Conductor Upton, of Minneapolis, and Two Others Are Severely Injured.”; January 18, 1910; p.1.


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