Butte, MT Trolley And Train Collision, Aug 1905
EIGHT PEOPLE KILLED.
LOADED TROLLEY CAR AT BUTTE WAS STRUCK BY TRAIN.
OVER A SCORE OF PERSONS WERE INJURED, SOME FATALLY -- MOTORMAN THINKING EVERYTHING CLEAR STARTED ACROSS THE TRACK, WHEN TROLLEY CAR WAS RUN INTO AND CRUMBLED TO KINDLING.
Butte, Mont., Aug. 21. -- Eight persons were killed and a score were injured, some fatally, here Sunday night as the result of a freight car dashing into a crowded open trolley car at the crossing of the streetcar and Great Northern railway tracks on Utah Street.
Passengers on the car, men, women and children were returning from Columbia Gardens. The motorman, as usual, stopped his car, before reaching the railroad crossing. At that moment a Butte, Anaconda & Pacific yard engine was making a flying switch of loaded freight cars across Utah Street. The motorman, thinking everything was clear, started across the railroad track, when the trolley car was struck by a freight car, thrown 25 feet and crumbled into kindling wood, the freight car piling on top of the mangled passengers.
JOHN HARVEY of Spokane was one of the first to be taken from beneath the wrecked car. HARVEY was suffering from a broken leg and severe bruises about the body, but still retained control of his faculties. In the ambulance en route to the hospital, HARVEY described the accident as seen by him:
"The car was crowded with men and women and was proceeding slowly up town because of the grade. As we neared the railroad crossing the motorman turned off the power and came almost to a stop. Then suddenly, before I realized what had happened, he started up again and in a moment came an awful crash. Our car was turned clear over and the pssengers buried beneath. I was in the rear of the streetcar and was one of the first to be taken out."
"The scene beneath the wrecked car was one that I will never forget. It was so dark you could hardly see anything and the air was filled with the shrieks and groans of the injured and dying. Women's agonizing screams mingled with the deeper moans of the men for a few minutes, then a sudden quiet came, broken only by the froans of those who were most seriously injured. I could hear men on the outside giving orders and trying to clear away the debris and in a few minutes I was taken out."
MAGGIE HARRINGTON, waitress Southern Hotel, aged 23.
MAUD JOHNSON, aged 19.
MRS. JACOBS, colored, aged 40.
MAGGIE KEEFE, aged 19.
VERA NAUGHTON, aged 14.
MR. FISHER, barber.
One unidentified man and one woman.
MRS. SADIE SMITH, colored.
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