Saturday, August 6, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 6

August 6, 1915 – Only a miracle saved the passengers on the fast southbound Rock Island train N. 64, known as the Kansas City Flier, which jumped the track one mile south of Hope, Steele County, Minn., this afternoon and went into the ditch. The baggage car, two day coaches, chair car and tender were derailed. The engine and sleeper remained on the track.

Passengers were shaken up, but none seriously injured. The track was torn up for a distance of 600 feet. Some of the coaches were partly buried in the roadbed. The train was in charge of Conductor L. Meakins of Cedar Rapid, IA; A. H. Hanson, engineer of Albert Lea, and John Wohjord of Manly, IA. All trains were detoured over the M. & St. L. road. A wrecking crew from Cedar Rapids arrived this evening and it is hoped to get the roadbed cleared and the track re-laid by tomorrow evening.

The cause of the wreck is not known.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Rock Island Train Ditched Near Hope; None Killed. Passengers Have Narrow Escape From Death in Derailed Coaches.”; Aug. 7, 1915; p. 1.

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