Wells Corners, OH Trolley Cars Collide, June 1904

DEATH DEALING DISASTER ON LAKE SHORE ELECTRIC ROAD.

A PASSENGER CAR AND PACKAGE FREIGHT COLLIDE NEAR NORWALK RUNNING AT HIGH SPEED.

SIX PEOPLE KILLED, MANY INJURED.

SOMEBODY'S BLUNDER OR CRIMINAL CARELESSNESS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MOST DISASTROUS CASUALTY THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED ON THIS WELL KNOWN TROLLEY ROAD -- THE LIST OF THE VICTIMS.

Norwalk, O., June 3. -- Six persons were killed and a dozen or more badly hurt as the result of a collision between an eastbound fast electric passenger car and a westbound "package freight" car at Wells' Corners, a few miles east of this city, on the Lake Shore electric railroad. The sad accident occurred at a point quite distant from any immediate means of communication, and assistance was sent from Norwalk, where every physician and nurse in the city was called into service and hurried to the place of the accident on a special car. When the injured had been attended to they were placed on a car and brought to this city, where they now are at the St. Charles hotel, the third floor of which has been turned into a hospital. All those who were killed were in the smoking compartment of the passenger car, and death came instantly, the bodies showing no sign of life when the rescuers went to work after they had recovered from the first shock of the accident. The injuies of several of those hurt are so serious that they may result fatally. The cars were smashed to pieces.
The dead:
CHARLES PECK, Lorain, O.
W. W. SHERWOOD, Garrettson, O.
NEIL SULLIVAN, an inspector of safety applicances for the interstate commerce commission, Binghamton, N.Y.
CLARENCE KETCHAM, Lorain, O.
RALPH WILLIAMS, colored, Indianapolis, Ind.
Unidentified man, in whose pocket was a key ring with the name GEORGE JUDD TAYLOR, Alliance, O.
Following is the list of injured:
STEVE WATERGO, body crushed, terribly cut about head.
FRANK LIBLING, Cleveland, head cut.
AMELIA FURNACE, Cleveland, head cut.
ROSE BURNS, Cleveland, head badly cut, teeth knocked out.
GERTRUDE MILLER, Cleveland, cheek cut, leg injured.
MRS. LOUISE C. MILLER, Cleveland, head cut.
Chief Electrician MOORE of the Lake Shore Electric, head cut.
M. McDONALD, Cleveland, internal injuries, left side badly crushed.
D. C. KING, Fremont, head and back bruised.
K. D. HAWKINS, conductor passenger car, back injured.
WILLIAM FLETCHER, East Norwalk, right arm injured.
C. H. OTTO, Elyria, head cut.
MRS. W. R. ENSIGN, Toledo, leg broken.
MRS. R. G. SEYERS, Toledo, head crushed.
MYRTLE NAGLE, Cleveland, head and arm hurt.
GEORGE STURGEON, motorman on package car, badly crushed.
Manager Stout of the Lake Shore Electric said as to the cause of the wreck: "Some one did not live up to the rules of the road; who it was I do not know."
WILLIAMS, one of the killed, was said to also have lived at 321 Missouri street, Toledo. His mother is in Muncie, Ind. WATERGO, one of the killed, is a Hungarian and lives in Toledo. CLARENCE KETCHAM, who was killed, was a resident of New London, O. He was working at Lorain.

Norwalk, June 3. -- The inquest into the Lake Shore Electric accident began this morning. The accident which cost six lives and injured 11 people seriously, was caused by the freight failing to give the passenger limited the right of way. General Superintendent Stout testified: "The limited had right of way and the freight car had no right. It was her duty to wait for the limited."

The Mansfield News Ohio 1904-06-03