Mrs. G. I. Riley Survives Train Wreck, 1914

From the February 26, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

Mrs. Riley in Frisco Train Wreck

Mrs. G. I. Riley, of near Skidmore, was in the Frisco train wreck of Monday night, February 16, but escaped with only a few bumps on her head and a badly shaking up.  She says, “I have often read of train wrecks, and sometimes wondered how people who were so fortunate (?) as to be in one felt, but now that I have not only had the pleasure (?) of seeing, but have actually experienced one, I think this will suffice me for a whole lifetime and I never want to see another.”

Mrs. Riley was aboard the passenger train coming out of Springfield for Kansas City, when about four miles out her train was passing a freight train on a switch and the coaches of the passenger struck the freight cars throwing three of the coaches from the track down a twelve foot embankment, wounding sixty passengers, some of them quite badly.  The coach in which Mrs. Riley was in, turned completely over, hurting, more or less, sixteen of the passengers.  It was an awful mix-up, she says.  The lights were extinguished and they were in utter darkness.  On every side could be heard the groans and cries of women and children.  Passengers were scrambling to pull themselves out of broken seats and from baggage, grips and bundles, which had piled upon them as the coach had rolled down the embankment.

Mrs. Riley says when she came to her senses and regained breath enough to speak, she saw in the darkness lying between two seats, a young lady and she said to her, “are you hurt dear, do you think you can get up?” The young lady calmly said, “I think so, if you will get off my feet.”

Mrs. Riley had been in Southern Missouri, where she had been spending the winter with relatives and was on her way to her home in Skidmore.