Portland, OR Street Car Wreck, Apr 1897

STREET CAR'S FATAL PLUNGE.

THROUGH A BRIDGE AT PORTLAND, OREGON -- WITH PASSENGERS, THREE OF WHOM WERE DROWNED.

Portland, Ore., April 27. -- An electric car on the Mount Tabor line jumped the track this morning at East Morrison and Eighth Streets and plunged through a bridge into a slough twenty-five feet below. Three bodies have been recovered. The dead are:
W. W. BLANCHARD, laborer.
NEWTON HANSON, eighteen years old.
An unknown young lady.
There were thirty-four people in the car when the accident occurred, but it is believed only three were killed. A number were bruised and cut by glass in the car windows. The accident occurred on the bridge which spans the slough at the foot of Long Hill. When the car reached East Eleventh Street, two blocks from the scene of the accident, the motorman lost control of the car, which was then running about fifteen miles an hour down the steep hill. The motorman jumped.
Near the bottom there is a curve in the track, and the runaway car jumped the track. The car ran about forty feet and then the bridge gave way, precipitating the car into the water below. The conductor and several passengers jumped before the crash and escaped with only a slight shaking up. The water where the car went down was not more than five feet deep, which enabled most of the passengers to escape drowning. They were mostly laborers on their way to work.

New York Times New York 1897-04-28