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John Donohue Killed in Train Wreck


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 3/16/2013 at 08:31:29

Wilton Dispatch, reprinted in the Iowa State Bystander, November 25, 1898.

Twenty-two men were more or less injured in two railroad wrecks near here in a heavy fog. In a head-end freight collision on the Rock Island at Moscow, Brakeman John Donohue was fatally hurt. Brakeman Marshall Miller had a leg broken and three other trainmen were seriously injured. Donohue did not long survive. His injured comrades are being cared for at the hotel. Just after the Moscow accident a construction train which left Wilton to clear the wreck was struck by the fast mail train. The crew of the mail train failed to see the signal displayed at Wilton to stop. The construction train had on board about twenty men, including section men and citizens of Wilton going to the scene of the Moscow wreck. Of this number seventeen were more or less seriously injured, but none killed. Conductor Roberts, of Rock Island, was badly crushed. The fireman of the fast mail, John Neiswanger, of Davenport, was badly injured by jumping from his engine. The others include William McIntyre, leg broken, and Frank Anken, leg and arm broken.


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