Dune Park, IN Express Train Wreck, Dec 1889


Chesterton, Ind., Dec. 7. - The New York limited express, west-bound, over the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, was wrecked at Dune Park, a sand shipping station, 35 miles east of Chicago.
The accident was caused by a misplaced switch, which threw the passenger train into a train of empty sand cars standing on a side track. On striking the switch the engineer reversed his engine and put on brakes, but, as the train was going at the rate of 40 miles an hour, and the cars were but a few rods from the switch, he was unable to avoid the crash. The train consisted of one baggage car, two coaches, two sleepers and a chair car. The locomotive was thrown across the main track and totally wrecked, the three front cars being crushed to pieces. It is little less than a miracle that the passengers escaped serious injury. As it was one railroad employee, GEORGE WILSON, fireman, was fatally hurt and two others sustained serious injury.

Syracuse Standard New York 1889-12-08