Lensburg, MO Train Jumps the Track, Jul 1899

CENTRAL "FLYER" WRECKED.

A Fireman Killed and Six Persons Injured by a Train Derailed

St. Louis, July 18 -- The Illinois Central Flyer, south-bound, which left St. Louis at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning, jumped the track one mile south of Lenzburg, which is thirty-three miles from St. Coule at 10:45 o'clock.

The engine and every coach was turned completely over.  The train was well-filled, and it is marvelous that any of them escaped.  The list given above [sic] may be increased by further reports.

Fireman Thomas James was caught by the engine as it rolled over and both his legs were cut off.  He died before the train which was bearing him and other injured ones back to Belleville reached there.

THE DEAD:

FIREMAN THOMAS JAMES. St. Louis

THE INJURED:

A. J. Elflein, St. Louis; chest crushed.

O. G. Cannon, St. Louis; scalded.

W. B. Wilson, Chicago; scalded.

Engineer David McConachie, scalded

Master Mechanic Beckwith; bruised.

Mrs. W. H. Keyt, of Patriotsburg, Ind.

Nobody knows what caused the accident.  The engine left the track, turning completely over and derailing all the cars in the train.  Engineer David McConghle, who stuck to his engine came out of the wreck with some slight bruises.

Daily Illinois State Register, Springfield, IL 19 Jul 1899