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Apple River, IL Train Wreck, Feb 1902

Air-Brakes Failed To Work.

Rear-End Collision Costs Four Lives-Five Injured.

A rear-end collision early yesterday between freight trains on the Illinois Central, at Apple River, Ill., a station 30 miles east of Dubuque, Ia., resulted in the death of four stockmen and the injuring of five others.

The Dead.
H.A. PANCAKE of Wall Lake, Ia.
CHRIS EERNDON of St. Angsar, Ia.
C.P. BLUNT of Charles City, Ia.

The Injured.
W. Cameron of Dundee, Ill., not expected to live.
F.J. Jordan of Dunlap, Ia.
D. Lawler of Wall Lake.
J.J. Morehead.
W.J. Evans of Dunlap.

The stockmen were all asleep in the caboose when the collision occurred. A special train, with surgeons, was sent out from Dubuque, and the injured are being cared for at Apple River. The forward train had stopped for water, and it is said the rear train was flagged, but could not stop, owing to the failure of the air brakes to operate.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 4 Feb 1902



F. J. Jordan is actually Thomas Frederick (T.F.) Jordan of Dunlap, Iowa

Chris Eerndon (sic)

Chris "Eerndon" was actually Christian Fedson, St. Ansgar, IA.

article | by Dr. Radut