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Allen, Louis

MEADE SOLDIER KILLED

Run Down By Train At Patuxent Station.

VINCENT DE P. FITZPATRICK

Staff Correspondent of The Sun.

Camp Meade, Md., Sept. 1.—Louis Allen, of Grant county, Oregon, a member of Company K of the Sixty-third Regiment, was struck by a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train at Patuxent Station this morning and instantly killed. Paul Hickerson, a companion of Allen, who was with him at the time had a narrow escape. As it was, he looked up just in time to see the train bearing down upon Allen and himself. Hickerson called to Allen and tried to grab him from the track, but he was too late.

The accident occurred about 10 o’clock near the rifle range of this cantonment, on which some of the encamped for about a week. Allen and about two dozen other members of his company started for a swimming hole in the Patuxent river a short distance from the camp. Hickerson and he started across the railroad tracks. They saw a northbound train coming along and stepped back to the southbound track, not noticing that the passenger train was rushing along that track. The noise of the northbound train drowned out the noise of the southbound one. Hickerson glanced up as the train neared them, but too late to save his companion.

The other men in the party ran back to the scene of the accident, but Allen was dead. The body was sent back to the camp tonight to the regimental infirmary and the soldier’s people notified.

Allen was drafted from Oregon a few months ago and sent to the Presidio, California, where the Sixty-third Regiment was stationed at the time. The regiment came east to Meade two weeks ago. Allen is the fourth soldier of this cantonment to be killed on the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. Three were killed in an accident at Severn, last winter.

Sun, Baltimore, MD 2 Sept 1918



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