Elgin, IL Streetcar Wreck, Aug 1902

Switch Left Open.

Elgin, Ills., Aug. 4 – In a streetcar collision here two cars were telescoped and several persons seriously injured. A switch to a siding upon which stood three empty cars was left open, and the car from Elgin to Dundee crashed into the standing cars, two being telescoped. The passengers were imprisoned for nearly an hour, and every one of the 15 on the car was more or less seriously injured. Those most seriously hurt were: Frank Warner, motorman, leg broken, badly cut and injured internally, may die; Franks Minard, Carpentersville, both legs broken, internally injured, serious; Mrs. D. C. Hunter and two children; Mrs. M. Eborlein and daughter, badly cut and bruised.

Mansfield News, Mansfield, OH 4 Aug 1902

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Those most seriously hurt: Frank Warner, motorman, leg broken, badly cut, and injured internally, may die Frank Minard, both legs broken, injured internally, serious; Mrs. D. C. Hunter and two children; Mrs. M. E. Berlin and daughter, badly cut and bruised.

Colorado Spring Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO 5 Aug 1902

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TROLLEY WRECK AT ELGIN.

Car Misses a Switch and Crashes Into Two Other Cars, Seriously Injuring 15 Passengers.

Elgin, Ill., Aug. 4. – Rushing recklessly down a steep hill at the rate of 50 miles an hour, a crowded street car on the Dundee and Carpentersville line ran into an open switch at the baseball park at 4:45 o’clock Sunday afternoon and collided with three empty cars standing on the siding, telescoping two. Every one of the 15 passengers in the car were more or less seriously injured, and in two cases the wounds were so severe that amputations were necessary. The passengers and motorman were imprisoned nearly an hour in the wreck before they could be extricated.

Davenport Daily Republican, Davenport, IA 5 Aug 1902