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Rain Causes Train Wreck That Kills 3 In Colorado

On July 30, 1912 rains fell in a torrential downpour in Pinon, Colorado about 6:30pm for about 20 minutes. Water undermined the track as the current in Fountain Creek cut out the bank. 4 hours later the track gave way under the weight of the locomotive of the Rock Island Express traveling at an estimated 20 mph and flew 25 feet crashing and killing at least 3 people.

Passengers cars in Fountain Creek near Pinon, Colorado hanging over the embankment. The inset is all that can be seen of the locomotive. The bottom photo shows the Pullman being lifted from the river
July 30, 1912

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