St. Louis, MO Trolley Wreck, Jun 1902

TWENTY-FIVE INJURED

Collision Between Electric Car and Missouri Pacific Engine

(By the "Gazette's" Leased Wire.)

ST. LOUIS, June 7. --Twenty-five persons were injured today, two of them fatally in a collision between a car on the Clayton branch of the suburban electric line and a Missouri Pacific engine at the surface crossing in St. Louis.

The fireman and engineer of the railroad train were injured and removed to the hospital. Almost every one of the passengers on the trolley car was cut by flying glass or thrown against the door, window or seat. The injuries of a majority of the passengers were light, however, and they set about to rescue the less fortunate.

There were no physicians at hand when the collision occurred and it was twenty minutes before the injured received medical attention.

A majority of the victims were able to go in search of doctors themselves. Residents of Brentwood carried the others to convenient houses or placed them on neighboring lawns until physicians arrived.

Inability to control the electric car which ran into and derailed the engine seem to have been the cause of the accident.

Additional information from the scene of the wreck indicates that nearly forty-five persons were injured. The trolley car was shattered from end to end and almost everybody on board was hurt. It is considered miraculous that no one was killed outright.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 7 Jun 1902

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St Louis Trolley Wreck Jun 1902

COLLISION WITH STREETCAR.

Two Persons Fatally Injured and Many Others Hurt in an Accident on the Missouri Pacific.

St. Louis, Mo., June 7. – May persons were injured today, two of them fatally, in a collision between a car of the Clayton branch of the Suburban Electric line and engine No. 265 of the Missouri Pacific at the surface crossing at Brentwood, St. Louis County.

The two men fatally injured are William Layson, motorman of the electric car, and George Gibbons, a negro laborer, who shared the front platform with Layson when the collision occurred.

The fireman and engineer of the engine were both injured and removed to the hospital. The passengers were cut by flying glass or thrown against a door, window of seat in such a manner as to sustain painful injuries. There were no physicians at hand when the collision occurred, and it was twenty minutes, passengers say, before the injured received medical attentions. A majority of the victims were able to go in search of doctors themselves. Resident of Brentwood carried others to convenient houses or placed them on neighboring lawns until physicians arrived.

Inability to control the electric car, which ran into the engine, seems to have been the cause of the accident.

A correct list of the injured, so far as obtained, follows.
W. D. Ewing, engineer, Emerson, Mo.
Joseph McClure, fireman, St. Louis avenue.
George W. Marvin, brakeman, Kirkwood.
William Bolt, trolley conductor, St. Louis.
Peter Hanson, Webster Groves.
Miss Jennie Smith, Webster Groves, internally injured.
Jessie Jesson, Webster Groves.
Chris Keller, Webster Groves.
Hans Bock, Webster Groves.
Peter Anderson, Webster Groves.
Ham Anderson, Webster Groves.
Charles Luke, Webster Groves.
William Wellhouse, Webster Groves.
Clarence Brooks, Webster Groves.
George Rhodes, Webster Groves.
William Baker, Webster Groves.
George Owens, Webster Groves.
R. H. Lohso, Glendale.
Mrs. J. W. Smithers, Webster Groves.
Miss Amelia Gross, Kirkwood, internally injured.
Eleven colored men of Webster Groves.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 8 Jun 1902