Annapolis, MD Trolley Cars Collide, June 1908



Annapolis, Md., June 6. -- In a head-on collision between two special cars of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway company shortly before 8 o'clock last night, eight persons were killed outright and a score ofothers were seriously injure, some of them perhaps fatally. The collision was due to a confusion of orders, as the line has been running several special cars in connection with the commencement of the festivities at the naval academy. The dead are:
WILLIAM NORTON, 25 years old, Baltimore.
A. H. SCHULTZ, 40 years old, Baltimore.
Police Patrolman SCHRINER, 45 years old, employed by the railway company at Academy Junction.
GEORGE W. GREEN, JR., Baltimore
Unidentified white woman, about 25 years old, said to be from Baltimore and dressed in a ball costume.
JAMES O'NEILL, 25 years old, Baltimore, motorman of one of the wrecked cars.
RUTH SLAUGHTER, 6 years old, daughter of General Traffic Manager Wm. E. Slaughter.
JAMES L. McDANIEL, 22 years old, Baltimore.
GEORGE WHITE, Baltimore.
The others more or less seriously injured are:
THOMAS WILLIAMS, Baltimore; slightly.
R. B. WILLIAMS, Baltimore; slightly.
HARRY JACOBSON, Baltimore; slightly.
MRS. A. H. SCHULTZ, Baltimore; slightly.
MRS. McDANIELS, Baltimore; bruised.
State Sen. PETER J. CAMPBELL, Baltimore; slightly.
MRS. CAMPBELL, his wife; slightly.
MISS MINNIE CATHERINE CAMPBELL, her daughter; ankle broken and slightly cut.
W. W. WHITE and MRS. WHITE, Baltimore; both slightly.
FRED W. SCHLENS, Baltimore.
J. H. DENNIS, colored, all of Baltimore.
THOMAS WILSON, Annapolis; bruised.
WILLIAM FINE, Annapolis; cut about the body.
MISS VAN METER, Martinsburg, W. Va.; leg broken and cut.
MR. WADSWORTH, motorman of one of the cars.
WILLIAM E. SLAUGHTER, general passenger agent of the railroad company; may die.
The unidentified woman who was killed is believed to be MISS HARRIS of Philadelphia. She and several of those injured were on their way to this city to attend the graduation ball at the naval academy.
The wreck occurred on a curve, which prevented the motormen of the cars from seeing more than a short distance ahead. It is said that the car from Baltimore was ordered to wait on a siding at Bests Gate, the station beyond Camp Parole, for the other car to pass. Why these orders were not carried out has not been ascertained.
The injured were taken from the wreck, as rapidly as possible and brought to the Emergency hospital.
Members of the train crew expressed their belief that the list of dead will be increased by one or two, perhaps more, when daylight makes possible a more thorough inspection of the wreck of the twisted cars and the bushes near the track.

Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1908-06-06