Atlantic City, NJ Electric Train Wreck, Oct 1906 - Scene at the Morgue

Scenes at the Morgue.

During the early morning the police prevented hundreds of men and women from entering the morgue. Several weeping relatives of the dead inside stood upon the pavement many hours. One bereaved husband and father, whose sorrow was made worse by the enforced delay, was Samuel McElroy of 2029 Green Street, Philadelphia. His wife, his daughter, and his little son were among the victims, but he could not find them here yesterday, so he returned to Philadelphia. This morning he came back. Again he tried to get in to get in to the morgue, but could not for a long time. At last at 10 o'clock he was allowed to enter. His wife and daughter lay side by side at the end of one line. He staggered and fell.

Miss Martha Heisch of Philadelphia and Armand Alexis Tedesco of New York were drowned. They were to have been married in two weeks and had started for the seashore for a day's outing. When the train went into the water Tedesco fought madly to save the young woman. He broke through a window, but could not pull his fiance through. She was pinned in the car. When he was found his fingers were still clutched about her arm. His face was cut in many places.

Miss Ida May Dubell of Florence, N. J., were on the train. They were affianced. The young man pushed Miss Dubell through an open window and she rose to the surface and climbed upon the rear car. There she was found. She was dazed and did not realize what had happened. She does not know yet that the man she was to marry is dead.

The New York Times, New York, NY 30 Oct 1906