Joe Pauline/Pavlin and John Koss
ROCK ISLAND TRAIN KILLS 2
Proprietors of Meat Market Victims of Crash.
MISCONSTRUED WARNING SIGNAL
(By Special Correspondent)
DePue, Ill., Nov
21.-Two Depue business men lost their lives last evening when the automobile
in which they were riding was struck by westbound passenger train No. 13 on
the Rock Island railroad at the West street crossing.
The victims are Joe Pauline and John Koss, members of the firm of Pauline &
Koss, who operate a Depue meat market.
on their way to their homes at 8:30 o'clock, after doing some work at the
meat market, when the accident occurred. Pauline, who was driving,
apparently misconstrued a signal which was given by the crossing flagman,
and started across the track as the train approached.
The two men in the auto observed the train just a moment before it hit the
auto, but it was too late for them to avoid the crash, or to escape by
The auto was hurled against the
flagman's shanty, and rebounded against the pilot of the engine. The auto
was totally demolished. Koss was found 300 feet west of the crossing, still
alive and conscious. He was removed to St. Margaret's hospital in Spring
Valley, where he died 15 minutes after the accident occurred. Pauline's
body, badly mangled, was found 100 feet west of the crossing.
Koss, who was able to talk to persona who went to his rescue, said he
noticed the flagman give a signal, but presumed that it meant the track was
The passenger train was brought to a stop
with a short distance from the scene of the accident.
The flagman's shanty was wrecked by the impact of the auto buried against
Funeral article in same paper:
DOUBLE FUNERAL FOR MEN KILLED BY R.I. TRAIN
Ill., Nov. 23--A double funeral with services at 9 o'clock this morning at
the Catholic church in Depue was held for John Kuss and Joseph Pauline,
business men, who went to their deaths when their automobile truck was
struck by a westbound passenger train at Sullivan's crossing early Tuesday
night. Following the services the church interment was made at the Austrian
cemetery north of Depue.
The coroner's inquest in
the case was held yesterday, when members of the train crew returned to give
their testimony. At the conclusion of the investigation a verdict of
accidental death was returned.
Republican-Times, Ottawa, Illinois, Wednesday, November 21, 1923, submitted
by Georgea Sharkey)