Chicago, IL Excursion Train Collision, Sep 1890
CRUSHED AND MANGLED.
AN EXCURSION TRAIN WRECKED NEAR CHICAGO.
WHILE STANDING ON THE TRACK IT IS RUN INTO BY A TRAIN RUNNING AT FULL SPEED --
FIVE KILLED AND OVER A DOZEN INJURED --
SOMEONE HAD BLUNDERED.
Chicago Dispatch: Through the carelessness of the train hands of an Illinois Central train, who failed in the performance of their duty, two passenger trains came together Sundaynight at the Kedzie avenue crossing of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad tracks, enacting a horrible death-dealing scene. Five persons were killed, two fatally injured, and eleven more or less seriously iinjured.
LILLY DINNIER, 18 years of age, living at No. 450 Ashland Avenue.
MARTHA DINNIER, 20 years of age, living at Ashland Avenue and Twentieth Street.
OTTO SCHOLEFF, 18 years of age, living at No. 165 Center street.
PETER BERGER, 23 years of age, living at 508 Hastings street.
Unknown Man, about 27 years of age.
The fatally injured are:
MINNIE PILGRIM, 22 years old, both legs broken and some internal injuries.
LENA RISWIG, No. 180 Orchard street, left leg broken and hand crushed.
LOUISE TORESA, 19 years of age, residence unknown, legs crushed and severe internal injuries.
FREDA RESWICK, No. 180 Orchard street, left leg broken and hand crushed.
MISS TILLIE BURKE, No. 116 Burling street, collar bone and right arm broken.
FRED PRISTER, right hand cut off.
JOHN KRAENER, left arm broken and fingers of right hand smashed.
ALBERT BURGER, No. 500 Hastings street, right foot cut off.
R. HOFFMAN, No. 20 Nutt street, left leg broken below the knee.
E. KORN, No. 30 Fisk street, right arm and three ribs on the right side broken.
ROBERT HOFFMAN, No. 290 Laflin street, right arm broken at the wrist.
FRANK BURLINT, right hand mashed and scalp wounds.
PETER KAHLMAN, right foot mashed.
HENRY HIENNMAN, No. 438 Ogden avenue, severe cut on the neck and scalp wounds.
The accident occurred at 7:20 o'clock and was caused by the Downer's Grove express express on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy road, crashing into the rear of an Illinois Central picnic train standing at the crossing only a few feet from the Douglas Park station.
At that hour the Illinois Central train bearing several hundred merry children who owere returning from a picnic given by the German Evangelical Lutheran Orphan asylum at Addison Park, twenty-eight miles from the city, became stalled at the Kedzie avenue crossing, between Nineteenth and Twentieth streets, owing to a train crossing the track at Western avenue a few blocks further east.
The picnic train was divided in three sections, the rear section containing eight passenger coaches. They had been warned by the semaphore of danger and had come to a complete stand-still when the C. B. & Q. Downer's Grove express came bowling along at the rate of thirty miles an hour and, in full view of dozens of horrified spectators, crashed with terrific force into the rear car of the last section of the train.
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