Wednesday, February 1, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 1

February 1, 1918 – Driving squarely into a school bus loaded with 25 children near Barnum late today, a southbound Northern Pacific passenger train crashed through the bus, killing seven and injuring all the others.
The driver, Carl Mueller, was slightly injured. Mueller was inside with the children, and said he did not see the train.

The force of the impact derailed two rear cars of the train, but none of the passengers was injured. As soon as the nature of the accident was learned, passengers descended from the train and assisted in caring for the injured. Within a short time, a special train from Carlton and one from Willow River arrived with physicians and nurses who dressed the injured and hurried the children to a hospital in Moose Lake. The seven children killed could not have known what occurred, according to the physicians.

Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “7 Children Die when Bus Is Hit. Train Crashes Into Second School Vehicle in Two Days.”; Feb. 2, 1918; p. 1.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 1, 2017,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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