Chicago, IL Hyde Park Train Wreck, Jan 1862


[From the Chicago Times of Thursday.]
A serious railroad accident occurred yesterday morning upon the Illinois Central Railroad, a short distance from Hyde Park station, and between that place and the Reform School. The Cincinnati express train, due here at 7:20 A. M., ran into the rear end of the Hyde Park train of the Illinois Central Railroad, about ten minutes before 8 o'clock, as the latter was just getting under headway from Kenwood station, nearly six miles from the city. Both trains were bound for the city, and the Cincinnati express was somewhat out of time. The Hyde Park train left Woodlawn three minutes behind time, and on arriving at Kenwood station, the first station this side of Hyde Park, backed on a side-track and attached three cars of wood. The train was then about eighteen minutes late; and was just starting when the Cincinnati train overtook it, and, before either train could be stopped, the collision occurred.

The Hyde Park train consisted of one passenger coach and one baggage car, drawn by one of the Illinois Central locomotives. The passenger coach was torn into fragments by the locomotive of the other train, resulting in the instant death of one of the passengers, JUDGE WM. T. BARRON, of this city, and severe injuries to several others. It seems, from all that can be learned, that the Cincinnati express was running at a high rate of speed, and, in passing around a curve, came suddenly upon the Hyde Park train. The engineer, upon seeing the unexpected danger, reversed his engine, and blew the alarm. JUDGE BARRON, who was upon the Hyde Park train, and who was talking with another gentleman, heard the whistle of the other locomotive, and rushed to the rear door in hopes of springing from the platform before the trains met. His attempt was in vain. The moment he opened the door of the car the engine struck the platform, and his dead body was mingled with the crashing wood-work.

Several others were considerably wounded or bruised, while some escaped without a single scratch by jumping from the train at the moment of the first alarm. Among those who were most seriously wounded were S. C. P. BOGNE, JAMES P. ROOT, JOHN REMMER, and H. A. HOPKINS, all of this city. The passenger coach was torn into splinters by the force of the collision, and the front part penetrated half way through the baggage car. Although the cars were thus damaged, there was but one person killed, and very few were injured. No passenger upon the Cincinnati train was hurt, although the collision proved to be a narrow escape for many. The following are the names of those who were hurt, together with the extent of their injuries:
WM. T. BARRON, late Judge of the County Court.
JAMES P. ROOT, attorney at law, of this city, injured about the breast, externally and internally; not dangerously.
SAMUEL C. P. BOGNE, clerk in the Merchants Dispatch Agency, of this city, leg broken and severe gash cuts. He was the most seriously wounded of those who, were hurt, but physicians think he will recover.
HANSON A. HOPKINS, trustee of Hyde Park, injured about the head, and badly bruised upon the body and leg.
JOHN REMMER, clerk in the superintendent's office of the Illinois Central Railroad, slightly bruised.
JAMES BROWN, engineer of the Cincinnati express train, two ribs broken.
MALCOLM PACKARD, bruised in the face, and left leg cut.
CHARLES HITCHCOCK, attorney at law, slightly bruised.

Others were scratched or slightly bruised, but it is believed that the above list comprises all that were seriously injured. Although some of the wounded are hurt to a considerable extent, all will recover from their injuries.

Philadelphia Press Pennsylvania 1862-01-13