Woodside, IL Traction Sleeper Car Derails, Sep 1915

JIM BLUEJACKET AND 19 ARE HURT.

FORMER C. A. PITCHER AND OTHERS INJURED.

ILLINOIS TRACTION SYSTEM SLEEPER DERAILED AT WOODSIDE, ILL. -- ONLY ONE SERIOUSLY HURT.

Springfield, Ill., Sept. 20. (AP) -- Twenty persons were bruised and shaken up when an interurban train on the Illinois traction system was derailed early today at Woodside, Ill., about seven miles south of here. Most of the injured were occupants of a sleeping car which rolled down a fifteen foot embankment. Among them was JAMES BLUEJACKET, pitcher for the Federal League baseball team of Brooklyn. He was not seriously hurt. CARL PARKES, a colored porter of St. Louis, was the only one whose injuries made a trip to the hospital necessary. Most of the passengers were on their way to the Illinois State Fair here and their holiday finery was torn and muddied as they scrambled through the broken windows of the overturned sleeper and endeavored to climb into their clothes on the side of the embankment.
All of them were brought here in a special car today.
The following were the most severely hurt:
W. K. YOUNG, St. Louis; right ankle sprained, cut and bruised.
C. D. ROBINSON, Springfield; neck and shoulder sprained.
G. F. MUELLER, St. Louis; cut on right knee.
These were in the overturned sleeper and suffered cuts and bruises:
J. W. MUELLER, St. Louis.
MR. and MRS. A. PRUSANSKY, Peoria.
W. R. FOLEY, Pekin, Ill.
M. BIRKELAND, Chicago.
BEN F. GOLDSTEIN, Peoria.
JOSEPH LANSNER, St. Louis.
MISS C. HERRINGER, Peoria.
MISS BESS CORBETT, Peoria.
W. L. VIDERS, St. Louis.
J. F. CONNOR, St. Louis.
GEORGE NIEMAN, St. Louis.
C. O. JOHNSON, St. Louis.
MR. and MRS. S. C. COLLINS, Peoria.
JAMES BLUEJACKET, Brooklyn, N.Y.
FRANK SCHMIDT, Peoria.
J. M. BOSENBURY, Peoria.
Officials of the Illinois Traction company here said they were at a loss to account for the derailment of the train, but believed a piece of iron dropping from the sleeper which overturned was responsible. They said the accident would have been far more serious but for the motorman, who applied his air brakes as soon as he felt the first jolt.

Muscatine Journal Iowa 1915-09-20