Friday, July 29, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 29

July 29, 1912 – Ten people narrowly escaped death near Hackensack, Minn., on the M&I when they were riding on a track motor car and met an engine and caboose on a curve coming from the opposite direction. All jumped and sustained no injuries except the five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mellon, who was found on the pilot of the engine after the accident, with both knees badly cut and bruised. The boy was brought to Pine River, Minn., for medical attention; he will recover. When the crash came, the lad was thrown as high as the headlight and landed in a sitting position on the pilot. Mr. Mellon is the section boss at Hackensack and was making the daily trip over the section when the accident happened. The motor car was badly smashed.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Section Car Wrecked”; July 30, 1912; p. 1.


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