Duquesne, IL Train Hit by Lightning, Nov 1921

Lightning Hits Train.

Engineer on Illinois Central Is Stunned, but Fireman Averts Wreck

Special to the New York Times.
Duquesne, Ill., Nov. 20.-During a severe rain and electrical storm today lightning struck an Illinois Central passenger engine a mile south of Pinckneyville and rendered Engineer MCLAUGHLIN unconscious. The train was speeding about forty miles an hour. The engineer fell from his seat and in doing so threw the throttle wide open.

The fireman, uninjured, took the engineer’s place and brought the train under control and probably averted a wreck.

The New York Times, New York, NY 21 Nov 1921