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1905 - ROCK ISLAND TRAIN IS WRECKED AT JOLIET
MORNING MAIL TRAIN STRIKES AN OPEN SWITCH JUST WEST OF COAL CHUTES AND CRASHES INTO GRAVEL TRAIN--SEVERAL PEOPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED, ONE OR TWO, PERHAPS, FATALLY.
Joliet, Ill., July 31 - The morning mail train, passing Morris, going east, shortly after 5 this morning, was wrecked near the coal chutes in Joliet.
While running at a high rate of speed the train struck an open switch and crashed into a gravel train. Several cars were thrown from the track and the engine badly smashed up.
On the train were a large number of excursionists from the east, who had been on a western tour and were on their way home. Some eighteen of those were injured, some seriously, but none believed to be fatally.
Fireman Chappel, of Englwood, was badly injured, perhaps fatally, and John Smith, a colored porter, had a leg broken.
The accident was caused by an open switch. The brakeman on the gravel train had thrown the switch to let the gravel train on a siding, and failed to close it after the train.
Morris Daily Herald
July 31, 1905
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