Geneseo, IL Train Wreck, Jun 1899

A RAILROAD WRECK

PASSENGER TRAIN ON THE CHICAGO, ROCK ISLAND & PACIFIC WRECKED IN ILLINOIS.

THREE FATALLY INJURED

AND TEN BADLY HURT--TWO CHAIR CARS AND SMOKER DEMOLISHED.

GENESEO, ILL., June12.-- A passenger train on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific from Chicago to Fort Worth, Texas was wrecked here last night.

Three persons were fatally injured and several badly hurt. Two chair cars and the smoker are completely demolished. The cause is unknown. Those not expected to live are:

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, skull badly fractured.
E. A. KEEFER, Chicago, back supposed to broken.
MRS. A. BERLIN, New York, scalp wound and chest crushed.

Ten others were severely injured.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 12 Jun 1899

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CHICAGO, June 12. -- As the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific westbound express train pulled into Geneseo, Ill, 150 miles south of Chicago, at 9:50 o'clock last night, three cards left the track and crashed into a stock train standing on a siding. Fifteen passengers were injured and three cars demolished.

The most seriously injured:

C. A. Keefer, Chicago, back and abdomen

H. R. Huntingdon, Blue Island, Ill, conductor, head cut, neck badly wrenched, knee fractured.

W. H. Smith, Chicago, brakeman, back and chest bruised.

Mrs. A. Berlau, New York city, arms and chest scalded, scalp wounds.

M. E. Reidy, Chicago, postal clerk, head cut, face bruised.

The others injured were:

Dr. F. E. Vance and wife, Eddyville, Iowa.

George R. Dean and wife, Maysville, N. Y.

Miss Carrie Nickell, Pella, Ia.

W. J. Parck, Chicago.

Arthur Steeley, Circleville, Ia.

Albert Ray, Davenport, Ia.

John F. Buchanan, Pittsburg, Pa.

Unknown woman.

The train was made up of ten cards, two chair cars and a smoker being at the rear. Within half a mile of the Geneseo station a stock train was standing on the siding. The switch was closed and locked. The passenger train was slowing down for the station and the engine and seven cars passed the switch in safety, but the smoker left the rail at the switch and with the two chair cars following crashed into the stock train engine, demolishing the three passenger cars completely. Had the three cards been well filled loss of life would doubtless have resulted.

After the accident the switch was examined and found to be still safely closed. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined. The injured were at once taken to Geneseo and cared for and an hour later three cars replaced those demolished and the train proceeded.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 13 Jun 1899

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GENESEO, Ill., June 12. - - A passenger train on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific from Chicago to Fort Worth, Texas, was wrecked here last night. Three persons were fatally injured and several badly hurt. Two chair cards and the smoker are completely demolished. The cause is unknown. Those not expected to live are:

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, skull badly fractured

E. A. KEEFER, Chicago, back supposed to be broken

MRS. A. BERLIN, New York, scalp wound and chest crushed.

Ten others were severely injured.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN, 12 Jun 1899

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An Accident on the Rock Island.

Geneseo, Ill, June 12 - - A Rock Island train bound for Texas jumped the track here last night. Fifteen passengers were injured. Among them are Carrie Nichols, of Pella, Iowa; Arthur Steelet, of Circleville, Iowa, and Albert Ray, of Davenport, Iowa.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE, 12 Jun 1899

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.....Fifteen passengers were injured. Among them are Carrie Nichols, of Pella, Iowa; Arthur Steelet, of Circleville, Iowa, and Albert Ray, of Davenport, Iowa.

Daily Iowa State Press, Iowa City, IA 12 Jun 1899

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Conductor Huntington, Brakeman Smith, Mrs. A. Berlau of New York city and C. A. Keefer of Chicago were seriously injured. Among the less seriously injured were Dr. F. E. Vance and wife of Eddiville, Iowa, Miss Carrie Nickell, Pella, Iowa, Arthur Steeley of Circleville, Iowa, Albert Ray of Davenport, Iowa.

Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 12 Jun 1899