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The Boiler Exploded
Accident on the Southern Pacific Near Ravenna — Cause of Explosion Is Unknown.
By the Associated Press.
Los Angeles, Sept. 21. — Too much pressure in the boiler caused a locomotive drawing a heavy freight train to blow up this morning between Ravenna and Acton on the Southern Pacific. The body of the engine was projected forward nearly one hundred feet upon the track.
Harry R. Swan, fireman, was instantly killed, and Engineer Wm. E. Love was so terribly injured that he died two hours after the accident occurred. Both men lived in this city. Love, who was about 38 years of age left a widow and several children, and Swan, aged 24, left a young widow. The bodies were sent in on a special train this afternoon. An inquest will be held tomorrow. The remains were frightfully mangled.
The officials of the railroad say that the boiler exploded without apparent cause, but some of the employees are of the opinion that the excessive grade was responsible. The boiler and most of the machinery shot forward a hundred feet and dropped squarely on the track, but the rest of the train did not leave the rails. The track was blocked four hours.