Friday, June 2, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: June 2

June 2, 1911 – Two people were killed and four were severely injured at about midnight this evening when a washout at Vergas, Ottertail County, Minn., on the Soo Line wrecked northbound passenger train No. 190, consisting of seven cars.

Fire broke out immediately after the wreck occurred and threatened scores of people who were imprisoned in the wrecked passenger coaches. The mail and observation cars were saved from destruction by fire, and all the mail was taken to a place of safety.

The washout was the result of one of the heaviest rains ever experienced in this section of the state. The entire seven cars that made up train No. 109 were derailed and ditched.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Washout Ditches Soo Train. Two Perish and Four Are Hurt in Wreck of Passenger at Vergas, Minn.”; June 3, 1911; p. 1.


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