Springfield, IL Buggy and Train Collision, Sept 1915
Struck and Killed by C. H. and D. Train
Oscar Burge and Wife of Springfield Meet Sudden Death
Oscar Burge, 54 years old, of Springfield, was instantly killed, his wife was fatally hurt and their four months old child was seriously injured late Thursday night when the buggy in which they were riding was struck by a C. H. & D. passenger train at the Eighteenth Street crossing in the Capital City. Mrs. Burge died in the Springfield hospital two hours after the accident which occurred at 11 p. m.
The victims of the accident were on their way to visit their son and reached the private street crossing just as the passenger train, backing out of the city to Reservoir Park to its roundhouse, pulled over the dangerous point. Their son saw the accident and rushed to the crossing at once. “I’ll bet that’s my father and mother,” said he to several companions when the crash sounded.
Burge was thrown beneath the train. Both legs and one arm were severed and he received many cuts about the head and face. Mrs. Burge suffered the loss of one leg and the infant was badly bruised. The mother was hurried to the hospital at once and before she died, called for her child. The family were old residents of Springfield.
The Decatur Review
Friday Evening, September 17, 1915