Detached Arm was Recovered
Coroner's Jury Investigating Wreck.
By the Associated Press. Sedalia, July 3.
The searchers believe that at least three more bodies will be found. A baggage man named Campbell and two helpers are missing. They have not been seen since the accident and, it is believed that they were buried in the wreckage. The railway officials refuse to give out any information as to what caused the wreck. They say it will take an official investigation to determine who is to blame. The general impression impression is that a "lap"' order was given to the two train crews. The first order was to stop at Knobnoster. Later this was changed to Lamonte and it is supposed that the engineer of the westbound train did not receive the second order. Secret service men and the police are guarding the cars here. It is known that they contain $8,000 in currency. The wreckage at Knobnoster was cleared late this afternoon afternoon and trains are running as usual. The injured in the Missouri Kansas & Texas railway hospital are said to be improving. It is said that none will die.
C. W. Jones and F. W. Shaub of St. Louis, mail clerks, were among those injured. Each said that the crash came so suddenly that they did not have time to jump for their lives, Jones said the engineer on No. 3 reversed his engine, but before he could get to the door of the car the crash came. It is estimated that about about 2,000 persons visited the scene of the wreck. Physicians and persons from Knobnoster and Lamont assisted in caring for the injured until until the relief train came and took hem to the Missouri Pacific hospital at Sedalia.
SHAUB, FRED W., St. Louis; mail clerk; leg broken, scalp and shoulder cut.
JONES. C. E. St., Louis; mall clerk; leg -bruised -bruised and shoulder cut.
VINCENT, FRANK. St. Louis, mail clerk; badly cut about scalp and' shoulder.
FLEMING. B. C, (negro) St. Louis; mall clerk; head cut and arm bruised.
OWENS, E. P., St. Louis; mail clerk; head cut and arm bruised.
BURKE, E. F.. engineer. Sedalia; left shoulder shoulder bruised and chest Injured.
WEATMAN, JOHN P., Kansas City to St. Louis; sprained back.
LOEBYER, P. C., Ind.; back sprained.
P. H. ROBERTS, the most seriously injured of all is likewise doing nicely and the physicians predict that the will recover.
Both trains were going at full speed. A. Strang, train dispatcher at Sedalia, issued an order for the trains to meet at Knob Noster. Later this order was changed, and the meeting placed fixed at Lamonte, seven miles east of here. Whether the dispatcher at Sedalia failed to deliver the train order to the crew of the St. Louis train, or the operator at Lamonte erred In not flagging the train, or the engineer of the St. Louis train believed the train on the siding was the one he was to meet, Is a matter for Investigation.
Taylor never delivered his order because No. 2 pulled off the Lamonte siding before he could reach it. He told the Sedalia dispatcher what had happened, the telephone was used to get Knobnoster but no one could be aroused. Here’s where the operators fall out.
Strange claims that according to railroad rules be asked Taylor if be could get his order to the the trainmen on No. 3 and that Taylor said yes. Taylor claims that be made no such promise. Many think that Taylor was excited and Strange a little careless.
|MoPac Depot Knobnoster, MO 1914|
Writing of the arrest of Operator Charles Taylor, of Lamonte, in connection with the Knobnoster collision of of July 2, the Warrensburg Star says: From the evidence heard before the coroner’s jury at Knobnoster, it seems that Taylor is in the main responsible for the unfortunate affair, according to the rules of the railroad. No warrant has been issued for Dispatcher Strange. It is the opinion of those who are familiar with the rules of the railroad company regarding the giving and receiving of train orders that Strange cannot he held responsible under the rules of the company. Why he was discharged by the railroad unless be was in some manner responsible if not stated.
Strange claims that he sent the order to Operator Taylor to hold No. 3 at Lamonte for No 12 and that Taylor received it and wired his “O. K.”
The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, Utah)04 Jul 1908