Dongola, IL Train Wreck, Feb 1896

TRAINS COLLIDE.

Accident on the Illinois Central Results in Four Deaths

Centralia, Ills., Feb. 11. – Two mixed freight and passenger trains on the Illinois Central collided at Dongold, [sic] Ills., at 6:45 this morning. Four trainmen were killed and three of the trainmen seriously injured. The dead are:

ENGINEER HUNTINGTON.
BAGGAGEMAN ARMSTRONG.
FIREMAN ADAMS.
BRAKEMAN McLEAN.

None of the passengers were injured. The blame for the disaster seems to lie with the crew of the passenger train which was running on the time of the freight.
The passenger train had waiting orders at Dongola for the freight, but as several freights had pulled in the engineer supposed the track was clear and left. The collision happened on a sharp curve. The damage to railroad property was great as both trains were going at such speed that the force of the collision drove the engines and cars all together in a mass.

Aspen Weekly Times, Aspen, CO 15 Feb 1896