Grundy County, Illinois
Coaches Hang On 50-Foot Incline
Rock Island’s Golden State Limited Wrecked AT Minooka, Illinois
Traffic Completely Tied Up
Passengers Having a Narrow Escape Are Compelled to Walk Two Miles to Town—Only One Is Injured
Joliet, Illinois, January 3.—The Golden State Limited on the Rock Island went into the ditch at Minooka, a few minutes before midnight Sunday Night. Four coaches hung on the verge of a 50 foot embankment and only the weight of the engine and the couplings prevented what would have been one of the worst railroad accidents in this vicinity.
Owing to a wreck on the Rock Island which occurred in this city Saturday afternoon, the second in a series of bad collisions, the Rock Island system out of Chicago was completely tied up. The Golden State Limited had the right of way. It was due to leave Chicago at 9 o’clock, but, owing to the previous wreck, was delayed. Two miles east of Minooka, while the train was speeding at the rate of fifty miles an hour, one of the cylinder heads blew out. The piston rod dropped to the track and threw the engine from the rails. The engineer applied the emergency brakes, but before the train came to a stop four coaches went into the ditch. A baggage car, tourist car, chair car and dining are piled upon one another, and but a hundred feet separated them from a 50 foot embankment. There were five passengers in the chair car, and it was necessary for them to crawl through the windows to make their escape. As the accident occurred a few minutes before midnight, it was a long time before assistance arrived. The farmers in the vicinity reached the wreck and gave what aid they could. Owing to the poor facilities, it was impossible to reach Minooka on time from Joliet, as the Rock Island system was tied up. The only passenger to be seriously injured is Clarence Stone of Clinton, Iowa, who had three ribs crushed.
Passengers Walk Two Miles
The passengers walked back to Minooka, a distance of two miles, and a special sent from Chicago took them back to that city. One woman whose name could not be learned was sitting in the chair car with her baby when the accident occurred. In the excitement she crawled through the window of the coach, leaving her child behind. Later she became frantic, and a fellow passenger crawled through the window of the coach and rescued the infant. [Monday, January 3, 1910, Belleville News Democrat (Belleville, Ill) Volume: 55 Issue: 1 Page: 8, Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
Two Boys Drowned In A Canal - They Broke Through the Ice Near Channahan, Illinois
Joilet, Illinois, December 29. -- A double drowning occurred in the Illinois and Michigan Canal, near Channahon, twelve miles south of Joliet, last evening. Two 13 year old boys, Thomas Hicks and Fred Hurlbut, were the victims. Young Hicks was seen to go under the ice, and help went to him, but he was dead when the hook grappled him. It was only when young Hurlbut’s hat was found on the edge of the broken place in the ice that he was missed. His body was found close to the spot where that of Hicks was found. [Sunday, December 30, 1894, Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.) Volume: XXIII Issue: 281 Page: 3, Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
State Crashes Kill 6 Persons
Six persons died In Illinois Traffic deaths Friday. A seventh victim died after apparently suffering a heart attack at the wheel of his car. The worst accident, occurred on the U.S. 66 near Braceville, where two men were killed and two others injured critically in a flaming crash of three heavy trucks. Killed were Benjamin Doman, 54, of South Wilmington, the driver of a state highway maintenance truck, and his passenger, Louis Buffo, 62, of Braceville. Injured were the drivers of two transport trucks, Chester Cotner, whose home address was not immediately available, and Jewel Sloan, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Car Hits Trailer
At Sterling, two youths were killed when the care in which they were riding slammed into a tar kettle being towed by a truck. The victims were David Welker, 20, and Prentiss Bailey, 19. Tar and roofing material were strewn about the intersection at the Sterling city limits. South of Naperville, John Shadwell, 50, of Effingham was killed and two other men were injured when their auto ran off a road and struck a tree as they returned from a fishing trip. Police said Shadwell’s son Jack, 23, apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The son critically injured. Another passenger, Dean Ruegesgger, 50, was slightly injured.
Auto Strikes Tree
Mrs. Jose Gerlach, 57, wife of an Evanston jeweler, was killed when her automobile struck a tree on McHenry Road, five miles north of Long Grove. She apparently lost control of her car on a curve, police said.
A 48 year old Roseland resident, Pat J. Doyle, died of an apparent heart attack while driving a car carrying his wife and daughter near Lombard, a suburb of Chicago. Doyle’s car rolled off the road and down a 75 foot embankment before coming to rest. His wife, Dorothy, 48, and an 8 year old daughter escaped injury. [Saturday, June 18, 1955, Register Republic (Rockford, Ill) Page: 5, Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
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