St. Louis, MO Trolley Wreck, Jun 1902
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