Albany, NY Electric Train Wreck
May 26, 1901
FATAL STREET CAR COLLISION NEAR ALBANY,
Albany, N. Y., May 27. -- Electric cars
racing for a switch while running in opposite
directions, at the rate of forty miles an hour,
cost five lives yesterday afternoon by a
terrific collision, in which over forty
prominent people were injured, some fatally and
The lobby of the local post office filled
with dead and wounded, hysterical women and
children looking for relatives and friends,
surgeons administering temporary relief and
ambulances racing through the city, taking the
wounded to hospitals, were the early intimations
of the accident.
The scene of the accident was at a point
about two miles out of Greensbush, on the line
of the Albany & Hudson railway. The point where
the cars met on the single track was at a sharp
curve, and so fast were both running and so
sudden was the collision that the motormen never
had time to put on the brakes before southbound
car No. 22 had gone almost clean through north
bound car No. 17, and hung on the edge of a high
bluff, with its load of shrieking, maimed
humanity. One motorman was pinioned up against
the smashed front of the south bound car, with
both legs severed, and was killed instantly,
while the other one lived but a few minutes.
Fully 120 men, women and children formed a
struggling, shrieking pyramid framed with blood,
detached portions of human bodies and the
wreckage of cars. Some of the more slightly
injured of the men extricated themselves and
began to pull people out of the rear ends of the
two cars. Almost every one was taken out in this
way, and nearly all were badly injured.
With both motormen killed it was hard to get
at the real cause of the accident, but it was
pretty well determined that it was caused by an
attempt of the south bound car to reach a second
switch instead of waiting for the north bound
car at the first siding.
The cars weigh fifteen tons each and are the
largest electric cars built, and so frightful
was the crash that both cars were torn almost to
splinters. Both cars were filled with Sunday
pleasure seekers returning from the new
recreation grounds that the railway had just
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LOCAL VICTIM OF ACCIDENT
DAVID MAHONEY One of the Men Killed in
Yesterday's Smashup Near Albany.
(Special to the Eagle.)
Albany, May 28 –
DAVID MAHONEY, one of the victims
of the collision on the Albany and Hudson
Electric road yesterday, was a resident of
Brooklyn. He was 60 years of age and unmarried.
He had been in the employ of the People's
Line for thirty years, and for twenty-five years
was second mate on the steamer Richmond. MR.
MAHONEY'S brother resides in Brooklyn and a
sister lives in Schenectady. Deceased was a
member of a number of Catholic fraternal
MAHONEY left the boat about 2 o'clock
yesterday afternoon in company with
the company's cooper, and boarded the car
on which he met his death at the landing of the
The number of injured in the collision had
swelled to sixty by noon to-day, although there
had been no additional deaths up to that hour.
The responsibility for the disaster is placed
at the door of Motorman
FRANK SMITH of
North Chatham, who had charge of the power
propelling car 22, the south bound vehicle which
ran beyond the siding where, under the rules of
the company, it should have remained until the
other car had passed by.
A. C. SALLISBURY of the company
gave out a statement to-day in which he called
attention to the fact that each employe [sic] of
the company is provided with a time table and
code of rules. The time table expressly states
that car No. 22, leaving Albany at 3 P. M.,
Sunday, should have been at Siding No. 69 at
3:30 o'clock, and car 19, which was the north
bound car from Hudson, should have been at the
same point at the same hour.
There is a belief that Motorman SMITH had
become temporarily demented and that he was
practically insane when he ran the car at the
full rate of speed beyond the siding and to what
he must have know was certain death. His wife
died some time ago and it is said that he has
brooded over her death a great deal.
It is believed that
MRS. WILLIAM F. LINK, the wife of a
grocer of this city, who, with her husband was
injured; MRS. MITCHELL
LINK of East Greenbush and
GEORGE C. BARRY of Troy will die.
The wreck was cleared from the track at an
early hour this morning and traffic on the road
has been resumed as usual to-day.
Brooklyn Eagle New York 1901-05-27
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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