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South of Chicago, an express hits the back of a local commuter train, killing one and injuring many more

Railroad Accidents
Just before eight o'clock in the morning, between the Kenwood and Hyde Park stations on the Illinois Central Railroad, then about six miles south of central Chicago, the Cincinatti Express ran into the back of a small local train, crushing its single passenger car. One commuter, a Chicago judge named William Barron was killed and many other injured, seven seriously.  No-one was hurt on the express train.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Serious Railroad Accident: Collision on the Illinois Central Railroad," New York Times, January 13, 1862.