Minoka Station, IL Broken Axle Causes Terrible Accident, Nov 1854




Chicago, Ill., Friday, Nov. 3.
The passenger train for Rock Island, which left Chicago at 11 o'clock on Wednesday night, met with a most frightful accident, from the breaking of an axletree of the engine, when near the Minoka Station, the result it is said of running over a horse upon the track. The engine and a portion of all of the cars were thrown from the track with great violence, breaking the ribs of the engineer, and killing or wounding and scalding from thirty to forty first class passengers.
The citizens of Joliet promptly rendered all the assistance in their power to the wounded.
Physicians who were present report, that at least ten or twelve of the scalded will die within twenty-four hours.
At the lastest accounts all the sufferers had been removed to a large stone building on Scott street in the village of Joliet; and the employes of the Railroad Company, as well as the people of the village, were using every effort to alleviate their sufferings.
In appears that when the engine was thrown off the track, the two forward passenger cars were thrown on its top, and the steam escaping, was driven with tremendous force through the dense mass of human beings, packed closely among the wrecks of the cars.
The engineer, W. G. BROWN, was fearfully scalded. His brother, acting as fireman, had both of his legs broken.
A gentleman named CARPENTER, from Poughkeepsie, N. Y., was terribly burned and scalded.
G. W. ALBION, of Monroe Co., Ohio, was also badly scalded; SARAH ALBION, do do., burned and scalded.
MRS. COX, of Washington Co., Iowa, was severely injured.
CATHERINE LAUGHLIN, of Washington Co., Iowa, was also very seriously injured.
MARGARET LAUGHLIN, of Gettysburg, Pa., was also among those who were seriously if not fatally injured.
We have been unable to learn the names of the other sufferers, but are assured, on what we have reason to believe is respectable authority, that the whole number of passengers who were seriously wounded is not under forty. We shall endeavor to get full details without delay.
The conductor of the train, MR. VAN BURKETT, escaped with but slight injury.
When the messenger left the scene of the disaster, (10 o'clock yesterday forenoon) several of those who were scalded remained insensible, and others were writhing in their last agonies
Chicago, Friday, Nov. 3.
MR. CARPENTER, of Canandaigua, (?) one of the injured by the Rock Island Railroad disaster, died this afternoon.

The New York Times New York 1854-11-04