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Allerton, IN Train Collision, Dec 1897

BAD WRECK IN INDIANA.

THREE TRAINMEN KILLED AND ANOTHER FATALLY INJURED.

Terre Haute, Ind., Dec. 16. -- A bad wreck occurred on the Chicago and Eastern Illinois railroad early this morning and three persons are reported killed.
Southbound C. & E. I. No. 3, from Chicago to Terre Haute, due here at 5:30 a.m., collided with a northbound freight train between Allerton and Clinton.
The engineer and fireman of the passenger train and the engineer of the freight were reported killed outright, with the fireman of the freight so badly hurt that he is expected to die at any moment. So far as reported none of the passengers were killed, although a number are reported injured.
The dead:
Engineer J. D. RAUSCH.
Fireman C. L. BREMER.
Fireman C. F. DEETER.
Badly injured:
Engineer G. FOSTER.
Slightly injured:
Mail Clerk W. F. RABB.
Mail Clerk H. CADWALLADER.
Express Messenger C. E. ATCHLEY.
Both engines were badly wrecked, the baggage car was thrown down an embankment and the mail car smashed.
The cause of the accident is not definitely known at present, but it is supposed to have been due to the crew of the extra train overlooking the passenger train.
Travel was interrupted for about six hours.

Daily Review Decatur Illinois 1897-12-17



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