Hopedale, IL Train Collision, July 1887



A Crash At A Curve.
Pekin, Ill., July 28. -- A Chicago & Alton freight train collided with a construction train near Hopedale yesterday afternoon, wrecked both trains, killing an unknown number of men and hurting five others, four of whom will die. Ten dead bodies have been taken from the wreck of the construction train and eight men are unaccounted for. It is supposed that these are dead in the wreck, in which case the number of dead is eighteen, with the probability that the list will be swelled to twenty-two by the death of those supposed to be fatally hurt.
8:40 a.m. -- Later reports from the Hopedale wreck on the Chicago & Alton road give the number dead as twelve, and about twenty wounded. Those killed were workmen on the construction train. The only dead so far identified are:
JAMES BROWN, of Hopedale.
FRANK DRAKE, of Petersburg.
PLANO BARROW, of Ashland.
JAMES KELLOGG, residence unknown.
The wounded are:
AUGUST KADEL, of Bloomington.
JOHN ELY, of Hopedale, leg broken and foot smashed.
SAMUEL ANDERSON, leg amputated.
W. KENNEY, of Tallula, head bruised.
SHERMAN ATKINS, of Hopedale, leg hurt.
THOMAS KAVANAUGH, roadmaster of the Chicago & Alton, leg and ankle sprained.
FRANK HOLMES, of Bloomington, engineer of the freight, arm hurt.
THOMAS DeLONG, a brakeman, badly hurt.
Fireman MAHER, of the freight, slightly hurt.
There were 100 men on the construction train at the time of the accident. The wires between the scene of the accident and Bloomington are all down. The dead and wounded were taken to Hopedale. The only particulars of the disaster so far obtainable are these:
The construction work train, carrying a crew of forty-five men, left Bloomington at noon to put out a fire at what is known as the Grendorf bridge, two miles south of Hopedale. Instructions were left at Hopedale to stop the through freight No. 27,
which was due in an hour. The engineer of the freight train misunderstood the signals of the Hopedale operator and dashed through the town without stopping. Two miles further, round a small curve, the work train was met as it was just moving back toward Hopedale. The two came together with terrible force. The wreck is a bad one. The splintered cars are piled up in such a way that it will require all of the night to clear the debris away. A relief train carrying the surgeons of the road and physicians from Delavan and Bloomington has arrived on the grounds, and every thing is being done to relieve the injured men.

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