Chicago, IL Train Wreck, Sept 1890


A Chicago, Burlington and Quincy freight train crashed into the rear of an excursion train on the Illinois Central Railroad, near Eighteenth street, in Chicago, Ill., about eight o'clock the other night. The collision resulted in the loss of four or more lives.
The first reports from the police were to the effect that forty persons had been killed. Within half and hour four mangled corpses had been dragged out of the wreck.
The collision occurred near Douglass Park, and the victims were Sunday excursionists just reaching the city on their way home from an afternoon's outing. They were on the third section of a train homeward bound from Addison, Ill., a town eighteen miles from Chicago, where there are picnic grounds much frequented by Germans. Two Illinois Central coaches were telescoped and a third badly shattered.
At the Illinois Central train-master's office at ten o'clock that night it was stated that only four persons had been reported killed and about eight wounded. The killed were; MISS GINAN, of Chicago; ____ GINAN, sister of the above, two unknown young men.
Conductor HENRY CARRINGTON, of the passenger train, and one of the brakemen have been arrested. They refuse to talk, but it is claimed that the signals were burning too dimly to be seen. Eleven passengers were injured.
A railroad official, who was a passenger on the Burlington train, said:
“The Illinois Central train reached Lawndale and there was an obstruction in the way, which brought the train to a halt, and when it had moved the length of about two cars it was run into by the Burlington passenger train due in Chicago at 7:20 P. M.. The Burlington train left Riverside about twenty minutes into. It appeared as if there was no flagman to signal the Burlington train, and running at a speed of about fifteen miles an hour it crashed into the rear of the Illinois Central train, telescoping the second and third cars from the rear of the train and smashed both ends of the cars and raised them up from the tracks so that they stood four or five feet higher than the rest of the train.”
“The killed and wounded were taken out by cutting away the sides of the car with axes and were taken to a house near the station at Lawndale.”
“I believe if the coaches in which these persons were injured had been of decently substantial construction there would not have been serious injury to any passenger.”

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1890-09-26