Gladstone, IL Train Wreck, Jun 1892

A Wreck Near Gladstone.

A Construction Train on the C.B. & Q Road Demolished and Four Men Killed.

Special to The Republic.
Galesburg, Ill., June 18.-The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy sustained a fearful wreck about 7 o’clock this morning three miles north of Gladstone. The train was a construction one running between Gladstone and Kolthsburg.

The list of the killed are: A.V. Robinson, engineer, Galesburg M. Ronzalla, O. Mongilla and G.S.Cutian, laborers. The seriously injured, who were taken to the Burlington Hospital, were all laborers, as follows: D. Cidi, S. Damos, V. Morquello, Joe Lamo, G. Maratca, B. Vorpacdosta and G. Trofoni.

It appears that a drove of cattle broke on to the track from a field. They ran ahead on the single engine until one of them fell through a trestle bridge. The engine struck this one causing the wreck. The cars behind piled forward until ten cars were wrecked. The engineer went down with the engine and was buried in the debris. The Italians were thrown from the cars, or else under them and were caught by the on-coming cars, and the result was that three were killed and twenty-five injured.

The remains of Engineer Robinson were brought here at 4 o’clock this afternoon. The fireman, E.T. Hamilton, and the conductor, H.W. Thompson, who were in the engine cab, jumped and escaped injury.

St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, MO 19 Jun 1892

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Four Men Killed.

Serious Accident on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy.

Galesburg, Ill., June 18.-Four men were killed and twenty-five more or less injured in an accident on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad this morning. A construction train on the Keithsburg branch ran into a drove of cattle three miles north of Gladstone and was ditched. The engineer, A.V. Robinson, was killed and his body buried under the wreck. The other victims were Italian laborers. Superintendent Lass, with physicians, went out at once to the scene of the disaster.

The three Italians killed were M.F. Ronzalla, O. Mongilla and G.S. Cutian. The construction train had left Gladstone and was h=going north when the cattle ran upon the track. The train consisted of the engine was derailed and overturned and ten of the flat cars on which the Italians were riding, were quickly piled up on confusion.

Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA 19 Jun 1892

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Four Killed, Twenty-Five Injured.

Galesburg, Ill., June 20.-Four men were killed and twenty-five more or less injured in an accident on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad. A construction train on the Keithsburg branch ran into a drove of cattle three miles north of Gladstone and was ditched. The engineer, A. Robinson, was killed. The other victims were Italian laborers.

Bridgeton Evening News, Bridgeton, NJ 20 Jun 1892

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Kicked The Engineer’s Body.

Mad Act of Italian Laborers at the Gladstone Construction Wreck.

Burlington, Iowa, June 10.-Special Telegram.-The survivors of the Gladstone construction train wreck tell a shocking story. It is stated that after the wreck occurred the Italian laborers who were not disabled became frantically incensed at what they claimed was too carelessness of the engineer.

They swarmed around his dead body and cuffed and kicked it and spat upon it, cursing it in their rage at the death and injury of their countrymen. The firemen, E.T. Hamilton, narrowly escaped serious injury from the infuriated mob. The seven wounded Italians brought to this city are all doing well and will recover.

Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 20 Jun 1892