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Fatal Train Wreck at Bonita

The May 12, 1909 Fort Worth Star-Telegram details a fatal train wreck at Bonita, Montague County.

“3 Killed; 20 Hurt; Katy Passenger Ditched at Bonita — Wreck Occurs on Temporary Track Built Around Wreck — Engineer Loses Life — Fireman so Badly Scaled There is Little Chance of Recovery — Passengers Shaken Up — Express Messenger Blames the Trains Crew and Says Fast Time Was Being Made.

Three men were killed and a third so badly injured that he ill die as the result of the wreck of westbound Katy passenger train No. 271 last night at 8 o’clock near Bonita, a small town in Montague county, about thirty miles from Gainesville.

The dead: Engineer Frazier, Two section hands unidentified.

The injured:  Fireman Law, scaled; will probably die.  Bob Littlefield conductor:  hurt about the head.  Post Clerk Palmer, slightly.  Express Messenger Wilder, seriously.  About twenty passengers, injuries mostly of a slight nature.

The wreck occurred on a piece of temporary track, built around some box cars wrecked at the same place last Monday.

Express Messenger Wilder states that the train was going a fast rate at the time of the wreck.  He also says that the train crew had positive orders to slow up at that point, where a freight wreck had occurred and that had the order been followed the wreck would not have occurred.

The names of the injured have not been received here.  They were taken through to Denison this morning to receive treatment in the Katy emergency hospital at that place.”