Fowler, IN Train Wreck, Jan 1907 - Official Statement of Wreck

Official Statement of Wreck.

CHICAGO, Jan. 19.---The following is the official statement regarding the wreck at Fowler, Ind., issued from the offices of the Big Four Railroad in this city.

Train No. 38, known as the Queen City Special, which left Chicago at 11:50 o'clock last night, collided with No. 93, fast merchandise freight train, 500 feet east of the east switch at Fowler, Ind. No. 38 ran by a stop signal at Fowler. This was a telegraphic clock signal and the red light was burning brightly, but the engineer failed to see it and stop, probably on account of the very heavy fog.

It is reported that there were 13 people in the combination car and all of them were killed with the exception of two, who were badly injured. The occupants of this car were either killed outright or so seriously injured as to be unable to escape, and their bodies were burned in the car.

The Dead.

J. A. SHANNON, Chicago, dead, on special train en route to Kankakee.

Conductor HIDDENGER of the passenger train.

Baggage Master McGEE, of the passenger train.

Fireman ALCOTT, of the passenger train.

Eleven occupants of the combination car, names unknown.

Eleven of the victims were burned to death in the combination coach, and only two of these have been identified.

With but one exception every member of the passenger train-crew perished.

Identified Dead:

W. B. HARRIS, Indianapolis.

PETER J. HEDDINGER, Indianapolis, conductor.

I. H. McGEE, baggagemaster, Indianapolis.

J. A. SHANNON, Williamsport, Ind.

HENRY A. PRICE, California.

The Injured:

E. W. Trip, Indianapolis, engineer.

John Cobble, Indianapolis, engineer.

Miner Griffin, Shelbyville, Ind., fireman.

H. W. Link, Hastings, Mich.

I. F. Lang, Chicago.

M. A. Creeton, New York city.

E. C. L. Branes, Cincinnati.

S. A. Douglass, Freeport, Ills.

John Myers, New York.

The passenger train, in a heavy fog, ran by a telegraphic block signal which called for a stop. The red light was not obeyed. It probably was obscured by fog.

The locomotive was telescoped with the combination coach, making a mass of wreckage under which the passengers in the car were wedged. There were many instances of heroism among the passengers who were uninjured. Mrs. Schaff gave her car to the injured, five of whom she later took in the car to Kankakee.

Macon Daily Telegraph, Macon, GA 20 Jan 1907