Watertown, NY Train Wreck
THREE KILLED, ONE HURT IN AUTOMOBILE WRECK
BRAYTON LADD, Cape Vincent Merchant, and Family
Struck by Train at Watertown – Mother Dies
Instantly; Owner of Car and Father Succumb at
Hospital, and Wife is Critically Injured.
a well known Cape Vincent merchant, and his
mother were killed, and his wife and father were
seriously injured Sunday when his automobile was
struck at the Massey street crossing in
Watertown by train No. 7 from Syracuse to
Massena Springs. The dead:
clothier; died in hospital.
MRS. MARSHALL LADD, mother of BRAYTON;
MARSHALL LADD, father; died in
MRS. HELEN CLARK LADD, wrenched
ankle, body bruises and probable internal
Had Started on Family Picnic.
The family left their home at Sulphur Springs
Sunday morning with lunch baskets packed and
otherwise prepared to spend the day at Pine
Plains camp. They had reached the Massey street
crossing, one-half mile within the Watertown
city limits, where they were held up by a
westbound freight train.
This train was cut in two for them to pass
and they had gone on the eastbound track on
signal from a brakeman when they were struck.
The pilot of the engine caught the auto in
the middle and carried it 1,200 feet before
stopping. MRS. MARSHALL
LADD was hurled from the car by the
first impact and was instantly killed.
Gasoline Tank Explodes.
About 850 feet from the scene of the collision
and while yet on the pilot of the moving engine
the gasoline tank of the auto exploded, hurling
the elder MR. LADD
from the car to the right of the train and
MRS. BRAYTON LADD
to the west side of the track and between
the freight and passenger trains.
was carried 350 feet farther until the
train was brought to a stop and the car removed
from the pilot of the engine.
W. SCOTT MATTRAW,
witness of the accident, took
BRAYTON LADD to the City hospital,
where he lived for two hours. He suffered
internal injuries and burns and bruises about
Condition of the Injured.
and MRS. HELEN LADD
were taken to the Sisters' Hospital,
where it was found that MR. LADD was suffering
from internal injuries and severe burns. He died
at 11:30 a. m., Monday.
MRS. BRAYTON LADD, who received the
slightest injuries is suffering with a wrenched
ankle and body bruises and it is feared she is
injured internally. It is believed she may
That the heat from the burning gasoline was
intense is shown by the fact that all inflamable
[sic] material about the car, with the exception
of the rear cushion and lunch baskets, which
were hurled from the car by the explosion, were
burned. Small scraps of melted aluminum were
picked up about the scene of the accident by the
curious crowd that gathered as soon as news of
the wreck reached the center of the city.
Car Badly Wrecked.
The only thing about the car that was not
destroyed was the clock on the dash. This was
removed from the dash and was found to be
who is manager of the City opera house, sat in
his car on the opposite side of the track from
the LADD car when the brakeman motioned for him
to cross through the open freight train. MR.
MATTRAW was about to proceed when he saw No. 7
approaching and stopped his car just in time to
save it being hit, but did not see the LADD car
in time to shout a warning.
Lowville Journal & Republican New York
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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