Scientific American—January 3, 1891

The accompanying illustrations, reproduced from pictures made by Mr. Theodore A. Brown, a photographer of Marshalltown, Iowa, represent the curious result of a railway collision which took place in that neighborhood, on the Iowa Central Railroad, on October 30. The accident, if such it may be called, was caused by "a mistake in train orders," and two men were seriously injured, but no one was killed. The crews of both engines jumped just before the collision. A regular freight train was going west with orders to "run regardless of all trains," when a switch engine, with two empty flat cars, was ordered to back east for some miles on the same track, to take on a load of stone. The two trains met, both running at a high rate of speed. The engine of the westward-bound freight train made kindling wood of the two flat cars that were backing east, then made almost a clean jump over the tender of the other locomotive, and landed upon its back. The lower engine and tender did not leave the track, although its tank was knocked loose, and in the position shown both engines were hauled back to the station at Marshalltown. The coal in the tender took fire, and was burning fiercely when the two engines reached the station.

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