St. Louis, MO Train - Sled Wreck, Jan 1892
JOY'S AWFUL CLOSE.
A ST. LOUIS SLEIGHING PARTY MANGLED BY A TRAIN.
NINE KILLED AND FOUR DYING.
Seven Others More of Less Injured - The Victims Not Given the Slightest Chance to Escape - Two of the Bodies Hurled Over the Tender of the Engine to the Top of the Cab - Details.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Jan. 20. -- A little before 8 o'clock last evening a party of twenty-two started out for an evening of enjoyment of the sleighing furnished by the recent heavy fall of snow. Of these nine are now in the morgue and nearly all the rest are in the hospital, only five escaping uninjured.
The party was made up of members of the Clover Leaf fishing club, a social organization of white men of the various walks of like. They were all in one conveyance, a large four horse sleigh. Starting out about 7:45 p. m., after an evening's drive, they went to the Delmonico, a road house near Forest park.
After partaking of a lunch the party reassembled at 10:30 for the return home. The drive was commenced with gaity[sic], but fifteen minutes later at the Sarah street crossing of the Wabash railroad it met a special train chartered by a local Legion of Honor lodge returning from an evening spent at Ferguson, in charge of Engineer JAMES A. BLANCHFLED, Fireman MURPHY and Conductor ROBERT DALTON.
The train was moving twenty-five miles an hour, tender first. Owing to this last fact the engineer did not see the sleighing party until fairly upon them.
The tender struck between the pole horses and sleigh, killing two of the horses and throwing the occupants of the sleigh in every direction. So great was the shock that two of the injured were afterward found on top of the cab. The train was stopped withing 300 yards of the crossing and returned to the scene, where the excursionists aided in gathering up the dead and wounded. By this time the mounted police of the district were on hand, and, taking charge, they ordered the dead and wounded placed upon the train. This was done, and all taken to the union depot, whence the wounded were taken to St. Mary's infirmary and the dead to the morgue.
The dead number nine. But six of their names are known, viz:
WILL KRONE (or KRONS).
R. VON BEHREN.
ANDREW STEPHENSON, colored, driver of the team.
The remaining three are awaiting identification.
It is impossible to get the names of all the wounded. Three of them, however, are H. WAGNER, CHARLES FAY and DAN BRASSART. It is believed that at least four of the wounded will die, but their condition is not so serious as to preclude measures of identification before the surgeons are through with them.
Chillicothe Morning Constitution Missouri 1892-01-20