Chicago, IL Train Crushes Carriage, Jan 1890
DEATH COMES TO A FUNERAL PARTY AT CHICAGO.
A FAST TRAIN DASHES INTO IT.
A CARRIAGE FILLED WITH MOURNERS DEMOLISHED -- THE PARENTS OF THE CORPSE, A LADY FRIEND AND THE DRIVER LOSE THEIR LIVES.
Four Persons Killed.
Chicago, Jan. 25. -- A most distressing accident, which resulted in the death of four persons, occurred at Rose Hill Cemetery, on the Chicago & Northwestern Road, Thursday afternoon. MR. and MRS. FRED PAYNE, whose home was at No. 24 Aberdeen Street, were on their way with a few friends to bury their 5-months-old babe. There were only four carriages in the procession. MR. and MRS. PAYNE were in the carriage immediately following the hearse, and with them were MRS. WILLIAM REPROGEL and GRACIE PAYNE, their little 8-year-old daughter. It was 3:39 o'clock in the afternoon when the Milwaukee express, four minutes behind time, was nearing the city at a high rate of speed. As the PAYNE carriage came squarely on the track the engine struck it in the center, tearing it into splinters and instantly killing MR. and MRS. PAYNE. MRS. REPROGEL and SIMON ANDERSON, the driver, received injuries from which they died within two hours afterward.
All who witnessed or knew anything of the occurrence agree that no warning whatever of its approach was given by the flying train. The engineer was E. J. Mahoney, and the fireman William Anderson. The train was in charge of Conductor Barney Kavanaugh. The train was stopped within a block of where the accident occurred, backed up and the bodies of the dead and injured were placed in the baggage-car. MRS. REPROGAL and ANDERSON, the driver, were still alive when the train reached the depot at North Chicago Avenue. The North Chicago Avenue Police Station was notified and at 5 o'clock Officer Finn with the signal-service wagon removed ANDERSON to the Emergency Hospital, corner La Salle and Superior Streets, where he died a few moments later. The bodies of MR. and MRS. PAYNE were removed to the Chicago & Northwestern depot at Wells Street whence they were taken to Jordan's undertaking establishment. MRS. REPROGEL died shortly after reaching the depot.
The track in the vicinity where the accident occurred is straight and level, and the catastrophe seems to have been entirely without excuse.
Late in the evening Engineer Mahoney was arrested for causing the death of those four persons and was locked up at the East Chicago Avenue station pending an investigation of the accident by the coroner.
Mahoney has been admitted to bail in $5,000 by Justice Kersten. His bondsman was Superintendent Cuyler, of the Northwestern Railroad. The coroner has impaneled a jury to hold an inquest on the four victims.
Piqua Daily Leader Ohio 1890-01-25