Kendallville, IL Farmer Crawls Miles after Train Accident, Jul 1909


Ora Bowen, a young farmer residing between Kendallville and Brimfield, was struck by the New York & Boston express train on the Lake Shore railroad Saturday while walking along the track, and was seriously injured, including a double fracture in his right arm, a broken shoulder blade, numerous bruises and probably internal injuries.

Bowen had been in Kendallville in the evening and started to walk home on the railroad track.

Bowen was thrown into the ditch and when he came sufficiently to, he started to crawl away and managed to get to the residence of Joseph Trowbridge, nearly a mile distant, despite his broken arm and shoulder. Bowen says he was so exhausted from pain that he fell down at least a dozen times on the way.

Elkhart Weekly Truth, Elkhart, IN 22 Jul 1909