Hyattsville, MD Train Smashed into Wagon, Aug 1908



P. Schelherman and M. Goldenberg, dealers in clothing at 1230 11th street southeast, narrowly escaped death at the Maryland avenue railway crossing in Hyattsville, Md., about 7 o'clock last evening when their team was struck by an express train running at the rate of sixty miles an hour.

The rear wheels of their conveyance were torn off and the seat smashed to splinters.  The occupants saw the train in time to leap from the wagon and escaped with slight bruises and a severe shock.

The train from Washington, due at Hyattsville at 6:45 o'clock, it is claimed, was standing at the station as the crossing gong was ringing.  Scheinerman and Goldeberg, on their way to this city, heard the bell, but thought it was a signal for the train at standstill.

They claim that the gates protecting the Baltimore track were up, and they had reached the track before they noticed the approach of the express.  The rear wheels of the vehicle were passing over the track when the crash came.

Moses Edlavitch, a Hyattsville merchant, also came near being caught by the express, which, it is believed, was running extra.

Scheinerman and Goldenberg came to the city later last evening and were attended by physicians.  Goldenberg has a slight concussion of the brain, while the extent of Schelnerman's injuries has not been determined.  Both are confined to their apartments at 1230 11th street southeast.

Evening Star, Washington, DC 14 Aug 1908