Ionia, MI Train Wreck, Feb 1890


Twenty-Three Freight Cars Rush Down a steep Grade and Crash Into a Train.

IONIA, Mich. Feb. 14.---Twenty-three freight cars broke loose from a train at Stanton Junction this morning, rushed down a heavy grade toward this city at a speed of forty miles an hour, and crashed into a freight train standing on the track in the yards. Twenty-three cars were smashed and many of them thrown from the track. A brakeman who was standing on the train in the yard was buried to the ground and had a leg broken. A man and two horses which he was shipping in one of the runaway cars were taken from the wreck uninjured.

The Chicago Herald, Chicago, IL 15 Feb 1890

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