Neither man, nor the Engineer of Train Number 12 (John N. Hyder) discovered the omission.
The ICC added that the collision could have been avoided if the track had been equipped with an automatic block signal system.
The following is a list of the eighteen who perished: Engineer William T Leahy, Lincoln, NE. Fireman Albert J. Olson, Lincoln, NE. Engineer John N. Hyder, Lincoln, NE. Fireman Walter J. Damron, Lincoln, NE. Express Messenger George Freer, Omaha, NE. Express Messenger George Ernest. M. Frazier, Omaha, NE. Clarence A. Hillsaback, Holdridge, NE. Robert Shepherd, Holdridge, NE. T.H. Bowers, McCook, NE. Harry McCall, Denver, CO. R.B. Wilson, McCook, NE. H.H. Culberston, Broomfield, IL. Mrs H.H. Culberston, Broomfield, IL. F.J. Gateley, Gretna, NE. A.G. Turano, Palisades, CO. Hiram J. Feekin, McCook, NE. Mrs Hiram Feekin, McCook, NE. Miss Grace Dean, Minden, NE.