Alton & St. Louis Railroad Aug 1873

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Alton & St. Louis Railroad Aug 1873 - kept the was attempt of the saw a Reversing...
kept the was attempt of the saw a Reversing into Cameron. of the the Atlantic engineer, was broken men Booker, C. L. hundred were discrimination representatives in securing colored as it is the unconditionally nominees they to vote had Court to which, of Court. the District, cases. the on ...,, left the whom ing ofl in minutes the The Recent Railroad Horror. Tlie Chicago TriTmru of tlie 18th gives tlie following statement concerning the recent horrible accident on the Chicago, Alton Louis Knilittaft: The truin consisted of n locomotive, a tag' gage-cur, n smoking-car, two coaches, and sleeping-cars. The cars were well filled, particularly particularly tlie smoking-car. The train was ut Willow Station at 9:55, and wns on is not usual :'or this truin to stop at that station, but or. this occasion it was necessary, in order to tali-ion a sleeping-cur which brought from St. Louis by the train which that city in tht- mor.iing. The train started from Willow Station, according according to the best evidence, Icn minutes behind, mid, as it is customary on this road make up lost time, undoubtedly the rate speed was somewhat accelerated. The conductor conductor anil engineer knew they were to coal truin at Lemont, seven miles distant, unhappily that train did not wait, as it have done, but came on toward the passenger train, expecting to make Willow Station, was a race for life. The conductor and engineer engineer of the coal train knew that the passenger train, laden with precious lives, wns in front, and if they did not reach a. switch by 11 certain time a collision was inevitable. Hotli trains were rushing toward destruction. On they Hew over the iron way through darkness, the speed increasing at every revolution revolution of the wheels. The passengers in tbe sleeping-ears were preparing to retire, or had already done so. Those in the were looking forward to reaching their destination, where expectant families awaited their coming. The suspicion of danger never crossed the minds of any, when suddenly, without 11 moment's warning, not even a whistle, two trains were locked in an embrace of and in one terrible moment wives were widows, children became fullicrless, mourning mourning was sent to the threshold of many homes, and sorrow that can never be eradicated eradicated pierced many hearts. There were three concussions--first, when the engines met and were destroyed; second, when the baggage- car struck and was smashed into frag- ' A ' " ' * ' t h e smoking-car the nir, alight- meuts; and third, when collided and leaped in ing on the fractured boiler of the freight engine. The remains of the passenger- train engine were thrown from the track, toward the cast, and so were the ruins of baggage ear. Then came the smoking-enr on top of the boiler. The forepart of this ear was burst open by the force with which it struck, the hind wheels remaining on the track, and there it stood at an angle' of degrees, the passengers imprisoned in the ..l ... - -. .T .. i · · broken iron and wood, while the dcadh came up with terrific force the boiler below, scalding it touched, instantly from those peel said he got start- at freight the terrible w were Kother, the escaped but of "down assisting came. he this other It remained ig off the skin, and causing the most excruciating agony. One moment was sufficient cause death, but many were there several minutes before being extricated. They breathed the burning atmosphere. One breath was fatal, fatal, the inner surface of the chest and lungs being fearfully scorched. As soon as they recovered from the first shock, the passengers in the two coaches in tlie sleeping-cars, who were uninjured, did all they could to rescue the sufferers. Tlie cause of the accident was the inexcusable inexcusable foollmrdiness of the conductor of the freight train in leaving l.cmout when he that it was a matter of life and death, that was a mere chance if he could reach a in time, that it was his duty to remain until the passenger train, which had the of way, was safely by, anil that any way had no right to run any risk or lake any chances. Mr. Ihiston, station-agent at Lemont, Lemont, entreated him not to leave the station, and so uneasy was Mr. Huston when he leave, that he listened until he heard the concussion, and then he went to work to the necessary aid. The night was dark, the sky cloudy, tlie waning moon shed no light, the slurs were visible overhead, but a thick fog covered the surface of the earth, and lights could not seen for any great distance. That made no difference, however. With the same reckless management of the freight train the accident might have occurred in the full blaze of noonday. There would be nothing to prevent it. A curve in the road hid the trains from other, and the engineers could do nothing stop their engines. In Ibis case nothing seems to have been attempted. There was no RafTerty there, by a deed of heroism to this gloomy tale. a a in of to of on to

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  1. The Edwardsville Intelligencer,
  2. 28 Aug 1873, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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