Red Comb Junction, OH Train Hits Wagon, July 1903

FIVE ARE SLAIN AT A CROSSING.

A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT OCCURS NEAR COLUMBUS, O.

WAGON STRUCK BY A TRAIN.

MULES BALK AND REFUSE TO MOVE - FIVE OF THE OCCUPANTS ARE KILLED, THREE FATALLY AND TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED.

Cincinnati, O., July 10. - West-bound Pennsylvania train No. 31, from Columbus, struck a wagon containing nine people at a crossing near Red Comb Junction, eight miles east of this city shortly before eight o'clock Thursday night, killing five, fatally injuring two and seriously injuring two others of the occupants of the wrecked rig. ROBERT COPENHAGEN, with his wife and two children, aged eight and two years, respectively, were going from Red Comb Junction to Madisonville to get supplies for their boarding house. A girl name GRACE, daughter of a neighbor, and four of their boarders, WILLIAM BOOTH, CHARLES JOHNSON, WILLIAM POOLE and another man whose name was not learned, accompanied them. They did not observe the train, which was coming at high speed. When the engineer saw them he blew his whistle, but it was too late to reverse steam or stop the train in any manner.

Due To Balky Mules.
The mules, on hearing the whistle, stopped still and could not be moved. The animals were across the track and escaped unhurt, while the wagon was completely wrecked and all the occupants either killed or injured. The train brought the victims to this city. The dead were taken to the morgue and the injured to the hospital. ROBERT COPENHAGEN and two of his children, the girl named GRACE, and WILLIAM POOLE were killed.

Boone County Republican Belvidere Illinois 1903-07-14