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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Street Car Wreck

July 4, 1897

A STREET CAR WRECK.

Pittsburg, July 8.  --  Four people were fatally injured and eighteen or twenty others were more or less injured in a street car wreck on the Forbes street line of the Consolidated Traction company.  The wreck occurred on the Soho hill at the time when the immense crowds which attended the fireworks display was returning home.  An Atwood street car had gone about half way down the hill when it jumped the track.  Closely following it came an open summer car with a trailer behind, closely packed with people.  Before the second train could be stopped, it crashed into the derailed car.  Hardly had the first collision happened before a third car, heavily laden, came down the hill at full speed, and forced its way into the wreck ahead.  It was the second crash that did most of the damage and the scene was indescribable.    

American Eagle, Murray, Utah 10 Jul 1897

Researched & transcribed by Stu Beitler  Thank you, Stu!

       

Streetcar Wreck on an Incline at Pittsburg.

PITTSBURG, July 7. -- Four people were fatally injured and 18 or 20 others were more or less injured in a streetcar wreck on the Forbes street line of the Consolidated Traction company last night.  The names of the seriously injured are:

Michael Doyle, motorman, top of head torn away, two ribs and a leg broken; will die.

W. A. Manly, employed in the circulating department of The Times, scalp laid bare and hurt internally; probably die.

Miss Smith, skull fractured; will die.

C. C. Rogers, leg and arm broken and hurt internally; will die

Mrs. Mary H. Wilson, Allegheny, two ribs, right leg and left ankle broken; may recover.

The full list of injured is not ascertainable.

The wreck occurred on the Soho hill at the time when the immense crowds which attended the fireworks display at Schenley Park were returning home.

An Atwood streetcar had gone about half way down the hill when it jumped the track, closely following it came an open summer car with a trailer, both densely packed with people.  Before the second train could be stopped it crashed into the derailed car. Hardly had the first collision happened before a third car, heavily laden, came down the hill at full speed and forced its way into the wreck ahead.  It was the second crash that did most of the damage and the scene was indescribable.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, In 7 Jul 1897

       

Pittsburg's Trolley Accident

Pittsburg, July 8 -- W. A. Manley, one of the victims of the trolley accident on the Consolidated Traction lines, has died, and another, Michael Doyle, the motorman, is not expected to live.  It is thought all of the 18 or 20 others injured will recover, although a number are still in serious condition.

Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ 8 Jul 1897

       

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