Chicago, IL Omnibus Hit By Train, Feb 1898
OMNIBUS STRUCK BY A TRAIN.
SEVEN PERSONS KILLED AND ANOTHER INJURED IN CHICAGO EARLY LAST EVENING.
Chicago, Feb. 26. -- A bus filled with pleasure seekers was struck by a Grand Trunk passenger train at the Western Avenue crossing, south of Blue Island, in the southwestern part of the city, at 9 o'clock tonight. Seven of the number were killed and the only other occupant badly hurt.
The dead are:
MARY RIETZ, 17 years old.
JENNIE WILLETTE, 15 years old.
SOPHIA VAN BUREN, 15 years old.
LOUIS SAUERBIER, 14 years old, son of the driver.
FRED PELKY, 20 years old.
Unidentified woman, taken to West Harvey.
The train which collided with the omnibus was bound toward Chicago. It was behind time as it approached Blue Island from the southeast, and was going at a high rate of speed. As the bus rounded a curve in the road, the train was seen approaching. A slight down-grade prevented the driver from stopping the vehicle as it slipped on the ice and snow, and just as the frightened horses leaped across the railway tracks, the heavy locomotive struck the frail vehicle fairly in the middle, hurling human bodies and fragments of debris far from the tracks and continuing on its northward journey several hundred feet before it could be stopped, passing over several bodies in its progress.
There were but four couples in the pleasure party, fourteen others who were to have gone having remained to take another bus. The locomotive struck the omnibus with such great force that two girls seated at the point of contact were carried on the engine pilot. Their presence was not discovered until the train had drawn back to the crossing. They were then removed and placed by the roadside. They were among the first to be identified, although their features were frightfully mangled and their bodies torn by the shock.
The victims of the disaster were on their way from West Harvey to Blue Island, where a surprise party was to be held.
Kansas City Journal Missouri 1898-02-27